North Carolina Board of Nursing


Criminal Background Checks

CBC Requirements

Criminal Background Check (CBC) Fee:


As required by the North Carolina Nursing Practice Act, applicants for nurse licensure as specified below are required to undergo a fingerprint-based State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) criminal history check:

  • Applicant seeking licensure by examination (NCLEX). 
  • Applicants seeking licensure by endorsement (reciprocity). 
  • Applicants seeking reinstatement of a North Carolina license expired 6 months or longer. 

North Carolina Residents Only:

If you reside in North Carolina, use LiveScan to obtain and transmit your digital fingerprints electronically to the SBI/FBI. LiveScan is only available to applicants living in North Carolina. To access instructions and required forms for LiveScan click here.

Out-of-State Residents:

If you reside in another state or country, North Carolina Board of Nursing issued fingerprint cards and instructions will be mailed directly to you following submission of your application for licensure. Fingerprinting must be performed by trained law enforcement personnel. Contact your local sheriff or police office for assistance and additional details.

Prior Criminal Convictions:

If you have prior criminal convictions (misdemeanors and/or felonies) regardless of the age of conviction, you must submit the following to the Board of Nursing:

  • Original certified court documents for all convictions (misdemeanors or felonies); and 
  • A detailed explanation of the events leading to the arrest and any other pertinent details if the conviction occurred within the last 5 years.

Mail all CBC related documents to:

CBC Coordinator
North Carolina Board of Nursing

PO Box 2129
Raleigh, NC 27602-2129