Background Checks

Falcon Outfitters in the Bowen­‐Thompson Student Union offers a convenient background check service for individuals, BGSU Departments, and outside organizations. The services include fingerprinting for both Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks. See below for important information about this service as it relates to the BGSU Programs and Activities with Minor Participants policy.

Lead Time

The recommended guideline is to allow four to six weeks for processing from the time the completed application is submitted until the results are returned. The results must be received back before an individual can be involved in a Covered Program.

Services Required

At a minimum, an Ohio BCI fingerprint background check must be completed, and for any individuals who have not lived in Ohio for five consecutive years, an FBI check is also required. The Ohio BCI type will be “Other – Working With Minors” and the FBI type will be “Volunteer Children’s Act”.

Recipient of Results

The background check application requires designation of a recipient for the results. This information must be provided before the application can be completed. BGSU Departments must communicate this information to the individuals they send for background checks and it is advisable that they make advance arrangements with Falcon Outfitters

ID Required

Applicants will need to provide their social security number and a photo ID – a valid state driver’s license or BG1 Card photo ID are acceptable.

Prepayment Required

Prepayment is required before a background check can be completed. Each BGSU Department sponsoring a Covered  Program will decide if the cost of the background checks will be the responsibility of the individual or will be paid for by the department.

Departments that assume the cost must make arrangements in advance with Falcon Outfitters before sending individuals in to get background checks.
Individuals will pay for background checks at the main checkout and then take their cash register receipt to the customer service desk in the Supplies Department to complete the background check application.
Payment Methods

Any form of payment accepted by Falcon Outfitters can be used to pay for background checks.

Departments can allow designated individuals to charge to a Department ID provided arrangements have been made in writing well in advance.
individuals can pay with cash, check, Discover Card, MasterCard, VISA, American Express, and BG1 Card (BG Bucks).
For More Information – call (419)-372­‐7784 or email

Updated: 06/19/2019 12:31PM