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Overview of the Criminal Background Check (CBC) Process

Minnesota law now requires that all applicants for initial licensure or license reinstatement must complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check (Minn. Stat. § 214.075). Chiropractors with existing licenses may be required in the future to have a one-time criminal background check (CBC) in conjunction with license renewal.  Fingerprints are crosschecked with databases of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
 
The Minnesota Health Licensing Boards have cooperatively established the Criminal Background Check (CBC) Program to help you efficiently complete this mandatory background check.  Please direct any questions you have about the CBC process to the CBC Program staff. 
 
When you apply for licensure, the criminal background check fee of $32 will be added to your application fee and paid at the same time. Upon receipt of your application and fee, you will be mailed a packet from the Criminal Background Check Program containing additional information and directions. You are responsible for having your fingerprints taken promptly and for completing all required paperwork to avoid delays in processing your license application. 
 
The time required for a CBC varies with the workload at the BCA and cannot be expedited. During periods of high volume, the BCA’s search of records may take weeks.  The report received from the BCA and FBI is valid for one year. Applications that are not completed within one year of the CBC will be invalid and no fees refunded. Previously taken fingerprints cannot be used. Criminal history reports cannot be shared between agencies or used for multiple license applications.  Additionally, per MN Statute 214.075, subpart 4: any applicant that refuses a criminal background check, or has failed to submit fingerprints within 90 days of the application will be denied a license.
 
Please direct any questions you have about the background check process to Criminal Background Check Program staff:
Criminal Background Check Program
2829 University Avenue SE, Suite 555
Minneapolis, MN 55414-4202
(651) 201-2822
Website:  https://mn.gov/boards/cbc/
Email: cbc.staff@state.mn.us
 
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