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Overview of the Criminal Background Check Process

The Minnesota Health Licensing Boards have cooperatively established the Criminal Background Check Program to help licensure applicants efficiently complete mandatory background checks. Please direct any questions you have about the background check process to Criminal Background Check Program staff, and not the Boards.

When one applies for licensure, the criminal background check fee ($32) is bundled in with all other licensing fees and paid at the same time. After paying all required licensing fees, licensure applicants will be sent a packet containing additional information and directions regarding the Criminal Background Check Program. Applicants are responsible for having their fingerprints taken promptly and completing all required paperwork so as to not delay finalizing their license applications. Previously taken fingerprints cannot be used. Some agencies charge a fee for fingerprinting services. Fingerprinting can be done without an additional fee at the Criminal Background Check Program office. Applicants should contact that office to make an appointment only after they have paid their other licensing fees and have received the information packet.

To complete the background check, you must do the following:

1. Submit your application and pay all fees to the Board. The background check fee is included in this payment.

2. Complete Forms 1–3. ***Note: You must sign Form 3 in the presence of the person taking your fingerprints, who must then complete the bottom portion of Form 3.***

3. Have high quality fingerprints taken, preferably at a location with digital ("LiveScan") fingerprinting capacity.

4. If prints are taken at the Criminal Background Check Program office, Forms 1–3 will be collected during fingerprinting. A hard copy fingerprint card is not needed in this instance, as the prints will be taken and transmitted digitally.

5. If prints are taken elsewhere, you will mail a hard copy fingerprint card (FD-258) and Forms 1–3 to the Criminal Background Check Program at the address below. See Fingerprinting Locations for more information on this process.

Your submissions will be forwarded to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). They will be checked for criminal conviction records and Predatory Offender Registration data. The results will be sent to the Board to evaluate your qualifications for licensure. The Board will contact you if additional information is needed.

The time required for a CBC report to be returned to the Health Licensing Boards varies with the workload at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and cannot be expedited. During periods of high numbers of CBC requests, the BCA's search of records may take several weeks.

Please note: The report received from the BCA and FBI is only valid for a year. Applications that are not completed within a year of the CBC will be invalid and no fees will be refunded.

Important: High Quality Fingerprints Required

The background check requires a set of high quality fingerprints. Poor quality prints will be rejected by the FBI, which requires you to start the background check process over again by providing new fingerprints. To avoid the weeks of delay that this causes, please see Important Tips To Improve Fingerprint Quality.

Prior Background Checks Cannot Be Used Again

The Board is unable to use any previous background check you may have undergone for work, military, other licensing, or any other purpose. Federal law prohibits sharing fingerprint and criminal history information; applicants must be fingerprinted again for each current license they are seeking, even if they are seeking multiple licenses with the same Health Licensing Board.

Please email or call if you have any questions about the criminal background check process, or if you would like to schedule an appointment for fingerprinting at our office in Minneapolis, MN. Most appointments take 10–15 minutes.

Criminal Background Check Program
2829 University Avenue SE, Suite 555
Minneapolis, MN 55414-4202
(651) 201-2822

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