Criminal Background Checks

Board rule 4701-7-01 requires a criminal records check in order to receive an Ohio CPA certificate, whether by original issuance, reciprocity, or transfer of CPA examination grades. CPA candidates also should consult Revised Code sections 4701.08, and 4776.01 to 4776.04.

Ohio applicants are required to utilize WebCheck, Ohio's fingerprint system, to electronically submit their fingerprints to the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The Sheriff's offices in most 88 Ohio counties participate in national WebCheck. A list of all WebCheck vendors, searchable by county, is available online at Ohio Attorney General WebCheck Locations.

When locating an electronic fingerprinting site on this web page, please note you MUST use the services of a vendor that lists "BCI & FBI" after the vendor's name. The Board does not endorse or recommend any specific electronic fingerprinting company or agency.

Out-of-state applicants (persons living outside Ohio) will receive instructions and fingerprint cards if requested on the application for CPA certification.

In addition to the BCI fee (currently $22) and FBI fee (currently $25.25), the electronic fingerprinting company or agency will charge an additional handling fee to process the fingerprints.

By law, the Board cannot complete the processing of an application until it receives background check reports from both BCI and FBI.

Steps for WebCheck

1. Identify a “BCI & FBI” vendor that participates in national WebCheck.

2. Submit your fee directly to the vendor.

3. Request the criminal records check results from both BCI and FBI be sent directly to:

Accountancy Board of Ohio, 77 S. High St., 18th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215-6128

4. Indicate the reason for fingerprinting as, “Required for licensure per section 4701.08 ORC.”

  John E. Patterson, Executive Director

Accountancy Board of Ohio

77 South High Street, Suite 1820

Columbus, Ohio  43215-6108


Accountancy Board of Ohio Contact List

Main Line:  614.466.4135

Fax Line:  614.466.2628