Attention Licensees: Overview of the Criminal Background Check Process
Beginning on June 1, 2016, Minnesota law and Board policy now require that all applicants for initial licensure or license reinstatement must complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check (Minn. Stat. 214.075). When you apply for licensure, the criminal background check fee ($32) must be bundled into your other licensing fees and paid at the same time. After you have paid all required licensing fees and the criminal background check fee, you will be emailed a packet containing additional information and directions from the Criminal Background Check Program. You are responsible for having your fingerprints taken promptly and for completing all required paperwork so to not delay finalizing your license application. Previously taken fingerprints cannot be used. Some agencies charge a fee for fingerprinting services. Fingerprinting can be done without a fee at the Criminal Background Check Program. Please contact that office to make an appointment after you receive the information packet.
During periods of high numbers of CBC requests, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's search of records may take weeks. This is why the Board has created a pre-application process for interested candidates to begin the process earlier, see Board of Dentistry Pre-Application for New Applicants.
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 refunded. Please direct any questions you have about the background check process to Criminal Background Check Program staff (651) 201-2822, and not the Board.