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Security Badges and Background Checks

Cincinnati Public Schools requires that CPS-issued security badges be worn by anyone entering CPS' schools and offices.

Make an appointment to obtain a CPS Security Badge

One-time or Infrequent Visitors

  • Receive temporary security badges, with their photos, generated by Lobby-Guard machines in each CPS building

Frequent Visitors — Security Badges with Background Checks

  • Must obtain CPS-issued security badges; includes student teachers, co-op students, interns, police officers in CPS' employ, consultants, contractors, vendors and volunteers. Background checks are required to receive CPS security badges.
  • Local background checks: For individuals who will not have unsupervised contact with students; check is done in county where the person lives.  
  • BCII (Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification) and FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) background checks, which include fingerprinting: For everyone who will have unsupervised contact with students; unsupervised contact means not accompanied by a CPS employee.
    Levels of background checks vary based on contact with students.
  • A Security Badge Authorization Form signed by the building administrator required.   

Background checks available at two locations: 

  • Cash only — Please bring exact amount
  • Appointments are required
  1. Cincinnati Public Schools, Education Center, 2651 Burnet Ave, 45219, Corryville
    Hours: Monday through Friday 8:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m. & 1:45–3 p.m.
    Issues BCII and FBI only. 48 hours for results. Exact cash — $50 — for BCII and FBI 
    Make a background check appointment at the Education Center
  2. Hamilton County Justice Center, 1000 Sycamore Street, 45202, downtown
    Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.–3 p.m.
    Local for Hamilton County residents. $5 for Local.

Bring an official form of identification such as State ID or driver's license.
Note: A background check obtained online is not acceptable.

How to Obtain a CPS Security Badge

  • Employees: Bring your postcard from Human Resources.
  • Bring results of background check to CPS Security Office, Education Center, 2651 Burnet Avenue, 45219, Corryville, if not completed here.
  • Security badges issued Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.–noon, and 1 p.m.–3 p.m.

Make an appointment to obtain a CPS Security Badge

  • Hover over the word "Badges" to see available appointment times, then click to reserve the selected time slot.

Board Policy No. 8475 - CPS Background Checks Procedure 

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