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Criminal Background Check (CBC)

COVID-19 has impacted the fingerprint-based criminal background check required of new applicants. Please review this web posting for more information on how to complete the required criminal background check during the COVID-19 state of emergency.

Since October 2017, a Criminal Background Check is required of new applicants to the MN Board of MFT. Minnesota law requires that applicants filing the Application for National Examination in Marital and Family Therapy, the Application for LMFT Licensure by Reciprocity or those seeking LAMFT or LMFT license reinstatement, must complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check pursuant to Minn. Stat. 214.075. The Minnesota Health Licensing Boards have cooperatively established the Criminal Background Check Program to help you efficiently complete this mandatory background check. Fingerprints are crosschecked with databases of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

As of April 1, 2020, the criminal background check fee is $33.25 and is required to accompany the applications listed above.  

After your application is received by the Board, the Criminal Background Check Program will send you a packet containing information and directions for completing the fingerprinting process and required forms. You are responsible for having your fingerprints taken promptly and for completing all required paperwork so as to not delay application processing.  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 office. Please contact the CBC office to make an appointment after you receive the CBC information packet.  

Please see the Criminal Background Check website for more details. 

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