How to Use BCIS to Get a Background Check

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This video gives you a step-by-step overview of how to register in BCIS and get a background check.

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  1. Receiving your invitation email, activating and verifying your account
  2. Logging in
  3. Entering demographic information, aliases, and address history
  4. Starting a background check (or asking your employer to request one)
  5. Completing the online forms (DCF and FBI)
  6. Enrolling in CCHRS and getting your applicant tracking number 
  7. Scheduling your digital fingerprinting appointment
  8. Bringing your applicant tracking number to your appointment

Registering in BCIS (for new users)

Before you begin

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1. Check your email for an invitation to create an account

Your employer — or the child care program where you’re applying for a job — will add you to their program roster and send you an email with a link inviting you to create a BCIS account.

Example of the invitation email

The email will come from oecbcis and have the subject line “BCIS Account.” Click the “Activate” button to create your account.

If you don’t get the email, check with your employer or prospective employer.

2. Create your account

Once you follow the link, you’ll enter your email address, create a password, and click Register.

Registration screen

Then check your email again. You should see an email from oecbcis with the subject “BCIS Confirm your account.” Open that email and click the button to “verify your account.”

Second email to verify your account

Now, you can login with the password you created. You’ll be asked to confirm your date of birth for security purposes.

3. Enter information into BCIS

After you log in, you will be prompted to either:

  • Review demographic information that’s already in the system and confirm it’s correct
  • Enter demographic information into the system
Enter demographic information

You’ll also enter any other names you used legally in the “Alias” screen and enter — or confirm — the addresses you have lived for during the last 5 years (60 months).

Confirm or enter address information

When you’re done, you’ve confirmed your personal details in BCIS.

4. Contact your child care facility employer

Now you just need to let your employer know that you’ve created your account and confirmed your personal details in BCIS. You can provide your employer with your “BCIS ID” number that shows in the top left corner of your screen when you are logged in to your BCIS account. Your employer can search BCIS to add you to their program roster. If you need a background check, they will send you a background check request.

Getting a background check

1. Check your email for a background check request

Look for a message from OECBCIS with a subject line of BCIS Background Check Requested. Follow the link to log in.

Once you’re logged into BCIS, select the Background Check tab on the menu on the left side of the screen.

2. Complete background check forms

Read through the DCF Authorization Form and an FBI Privacy Rights Act Statement. Agree to the terms and conditions and sign and date both forms.

Select your Child Care Facility Type from the drop down menu and you will be provided with a “Service Code” that you will need for the next step. Make sure to write down your service code.

Make sure to write down your service code

Follow the link to the CCHRS — you’ll leave BCIS and then return once you complete enrollment in CCHRS.

3. Enroll in CCHRS

Follow the link to the CT Criminal History Request System (CCHRS). This is a separate system managed by the CT State Police that you need to enroll in. You can follow the guidance on the CCHRS website, but basically you need to:

  • Enter the service code that showed on the previous screen in BCIS
First screen you’ll see on CCHRS (be sure to enter the code you received in the previous step)
  • Enter your demographic information
  • Scroll to the bottom after completing all blue fields and click “submit pre-enrollment” to get your Applicant Tracking Number
  • Print your Applicant Tracking Number with barcode (you will need to bring this printout with you when you have your fingerprints taken)
Make sure to print out your applicant tracking number and bring it with you to your appointment

Now, return to BCIS and enter your Applicant Tracking Number

Screen showing where you enter your applicant tracking number

4. Choose how you want to get fingerprints

Select whether you would like to:

  • Schedule digital fingerprints through 2-1-1 Child Care (strongly recommended by OEC)
    • You’ll be prompted to choose a location, date, and time
Scheduling screen for digital fingerprinting through 2-1-1 Child Care

Why does OEC recommend digital fingerprints through 2-1-1 Child Care?

OEC has partnered with 211 Child Care to collect fingerprints digitally and securely transmit them directly to DESPP. This saves you time and money. No fee, no mess, less time, and — best of all — no printing onto cards, which greatly reduces the rate of fingerprint rejections.

Need help?

If you’re having any trouble with BCIS, we have lots of resources to assist you.

Want step-by-step instructions for using BCIS as a program manager? Take a look at our guidance for using BCIS as an administrator.

Need answers to common questions? Check out our FAQ.

Having trouble logging into BCIS or other technical issues? Submit a help ticket.

Not sure what your status in BCIS means? Check out our glossary of status descriptions

Have general questions about BCIS? Email us at

Last updated December 7, 2021