109.579 Criminal records check.

(A) On receipt of a request pursuant to division (B) of section 4123.444 of the Revised Code, a completed form prescribed pursuant to division (C)(1) of this section, and a set of fingerprint impressions obtained in the manner described in division (C)(2) of this section, the superintendent of the bureau of criminal identification and investigation shall conduct a criminal records check in the manner described in division (B) of this section to determine whether any information exists that indicates that the person who is the subject of the request previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to any criminal offense involving theft, receiving stolen property, embezzlement, forgery, fraud, passing bad checks, money laundering, drug trafficking, or any criminal offense involving money or securities, as set forth in Chapters 2909., 2911., 2913., 2915., 2921., 2923., and 2925. of the Revised Code or other law of this state, or the laws of any other state or of the United States that are substantially equivalent to those offenses.

(B) The superintendent shall conduct a criminal records check pursuant to division (A) of this section as follows:

(1) The superintendent shall review or cause to be reviewed any relevant information gathered and compiled by the bureau under division (A) of section 109.57 of the Revised Code that relates to the person who is the subject of the request, including any relevant information contained in records that have been sealed under section 2953.32 of the Revised Code.

(2) If the request received by the superintendent asks for information from the federal bureau of investigation, the superintendent shall request from the federal bureau of investigation any information it has with respect to the person who is the subject of the request. The superintendent shall review or cause to be reviewed any information that the superintendent receives from the federal bureau of investigation.

(3) The superintendent shall forward the results of a criminal records check conducted pursuant to this division to the administrator of workers' compensation.

(C)

(1) The superintendent shall prescribe a form to obtain the information necessary to conduct a criminal records check from any person for whom a criminal records check is requested pursuant to division (B) of section 4123.444 of the Revised Code. The form that the superintendent prescribes pursuant to this division may be in a tangible format, in an electronic format, or in both tangible and electronic formats.

(2) The superintendent shall prescribe standard impression sheets to obtain the fingerprint impressions of any person for whom a criminal records check is requested pursuant to section 4123.444 of the Revised Code. Any person for whom the administrator requests the superintendent to conduct a criminal records check pursuant to that section shall have the person's fingerprint impressions made at a county sheriff's office, a municipal police department, or any other entity with the ability to make fingerprint impressions on the standard impression sheets prescribed by the superintendent. The office, department, or entity may charge the person a reasonable fee for making the impressions. The standard impression sheets the superintendent prescribes pursuant to this division may be in a tangible format, in an electronic format, or in both tangible and electronic formats.

(3) The superintendent may prescribe methods of forwarding fingerprint impressions and information necessary to conduct a criminal records check. The methods shall include, but are not limited to, electronic methods.

(D) A determination whether any information exists that indicates that a person previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to any offense listed or described in division (A) of this section that the superintendent makes pursuant to information considered in a criminal records check under this section is valid for the person who is the subject of that criminal records check for a period of one year after the date the superintendent makes that determination.

(E) The superintendent shall prescribe and charge a reasonable fee for providing a criminal records check requested under section 4123.444 of the Revised Code. If another request for a criminal records check is made under this section for a person for whom a valid determination under division (D) of this section is available, the superintendent shall provide the determination for a reduced fee.

Effective Date: 09-29-2005