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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.

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 in CPS' employ, consultants, contractors, vendors and volunteers. Background checks 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:  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 three locations: 

  1. Cincinnati Public Schools, Education Center, 2651 Burnet Ave, 45219, Corryville
    Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. & 1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
    Issues BCII and FBI only. 48 hours for results. Exact cash - $50 - for BCII and FBI 
  2. University of Cincinnati, Edwards Building, Public Safety Door No. 4, 51 W. Corry Blvd., off Jefferson, 45221, Clifton
    Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
    Issues BCII and FBI only. Return the next day to receive your copy. Cash or credit card - $66 - for BCII and FBI
  3. Hamilton County Justice Center, 1000 Sycamore Street, 45202, downtown
    Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Issues BCII, FBI and Local for Hamilton County residents. Have report mailed to CPS; this can take 2-4 weeks. Cash only - $66 - for BCII and FBI; $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

  • Bring results of background check to CPS Security Office, Education Center, 2651 Burnet Avenue, 45219, Corryville.
  • Security badges issued Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Board Policy No. 8475 - CPS Background Checks Procedure 

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