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NOTICE: Due to COVID-19, we are experiencing a higher volume of CBC requests, processing additional follow-up steps for previous alternate background check procedures, and continuing to adapt to health guidelines as they are updated. It can take up to two weeks for paperwork received in our office to be processed and an additional three weeks to receive the report.

PLEASE NOTE: Fingerprints must be submitted on a fingerprint card and should be sent by mail or courier (e.g. UPS, FedEx). OUR BUILDING IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC; DO NOT PHYSICALLY BRING YOUR FINGERPRINT CARD AND FORMS TO OUR OFFICE AS YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE BUILDING.


CBC Requirements Overview

The Minnesota Health Related Licensing Boards (HLBs) have cooperatively established the Criminal Background Check Program (CBCP) to help licensure applicants efficiently complete mandatory background checks. All criminal background check (CBC) questions should be directed to the CBCP, not the Boards.

The CBC process begins when the board sends a CBC request to the CBCP. For most boards, this occurs when the application fees have been paid, or on the following business day. Application fees include a $33.25 CBC fee.

Prior Background Checks May Not Be Used

CBC for licensure is separate from any other background check you may have undergone for work, military, licensure in other states, licensure with other boards, or any other purpose. Likewise, the CBC obtained for licensure with the HLBs cannot be used for any other purpose.

High Quality Fingerprints are Required

The CBC for licensure requires a set of high-quality fingerprints. Poor-quality fingerprints will be rejected by the FBI, which requires you to be fingerprinted again. To avoid potential delays, see the Tips to Expedite Your CBC.

What to Expect

The CBC process takes approximately 36 days on average to complete.

The CBC process begins when the board sends a CBC request to the CBCP. The CBCP sends the introductory email, receives the fingerprints and forms, and transmits them to the BCA. The BCA returns the CBC report to the CBCP office and the CBCP staff delivers the report to the board. For more detailed information, see Process Overview, Step by Step Instructions, and Tips to Expedite the CBC.

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