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Office of Background Investigations


The OKDHS Office of Background Investigations (OBI) processes both name based and fingerprint based background checks for private, non-DHS involvement, reasons. These pages provide information on the types of private background checks available from OBI.

Name background checks are a search of Oklahoma criminal history. A fingerprint based background check provides a search of national criminal history and Oklahoma criminal records. Additionally, OBI also completes a search of the Oklahoma Sex Offender Registry and Violent Offender Registry for all private background checks.

Oklahoma statute, Title 10 O. S. Section 7505-5.3A, designates OKDHS to complete fingerprint based, national criminal history background checks, on all adults (18 and over) living in the prospective adoptive home, for private child placing agencies, private attorneys, and private foster care applicants. 

Types of Private Background searches completed by OBI:

 Private Adoption

  • Fingerprint Based
  • Name-Based            

Private Foster Care

  • Fingerprint Based
  • Name-Based

 Private Guardianship

  • Name-Based Only

Private International Adoption

  • Fingerprint Based
  • Name-Based