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Criminal Background Check / Live Scan

Criminal Background Check-Live Scan

As required by the North Carolina Nursing Practice Act, applicants (in-state and out-of-state) 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)
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 or if you're reporting a Felony conviction regardless of when it occurred

The Board of Nursing may deny an applicant on the basis of a conviction of a crime only if the board finds that the applicant's criminal conviction history is directly related to the duties and responsibilities for the licensed occupation or the conviction is for a crime that is violent or sexual in nature. The Board of Nursing must specifically consider the following factors by law when denying an applicant for licensure due to a criminal conviction:

  1. The level and seriousness of the crime.
  2. The date of the crime.
  3. The age of the person at the time of the crime.
  4. The circumstances surrounding the commission of the crime, if known.
  5. The nexus between the criminal conduct and the prospective duties of the applicant as a licensee.
  6. The prison, jail, probation, parole, rehabilitation, and employment records of the applicant since the date the crime was committed.
    1. The completion of, or active participation in, rehabilitative drug or alcohol treatment.
    2. A Certificate of Relief granted pursuant to G.S. 15A-173.2.
  7. The subsequent commission of a crime by the applicant.
  8. Any affidavits or other written documents, including character references.

Applicant’s denied licensure in whole or in part because of a criminal conviction have the right to appeal the decision of the Board within 30 days after receipt of the Board’s decision to the superior court located in the county where the applicant resides or where the Board is located pursuant to NC. Gen. Stat §90-171.37B(a) and §150B-43 et al .

Within North Carolina

Live Scan is digital fingerprinting and transmission of the impression directly to the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for processing. If you are within North Carolina, use Live Scan to obtain and transmit your digital fingerprints electronically to the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

How to submit...

  1. Access the Nurse Gateway to complete the Live Scan application
  2. Create a Username and Password to access your information and applications. If you have already created a Username and Password, you will only need to log in to your profile.
  3. Select 'LiveScan Application' in the Background Checks dropdown
  4. Complete application

Fee Information: $38.00 


Valid Forms of Payment:

  • Credit or Debit Card; MasterCard or Visa only

Next, access, print and sign your Live Scan Application forms which include (1) 'Electronic Fingerprint Submission Release of Information' and (2) 'Applicant Information'

To retrieve your forms: 

  • Select the tile labeled 'CBC' under the 'Criminal Background Checks' tab
  • Select the 'Files' tab to access your prefilled Live Scan Application forms

Call your local Sheriff office in order to confirm they are able to complete the Live Scan process or if they are able to refer you to another location. Take both of your printed and signed Live Scan Application forms to your local Sheriff office. The law enforcement personnel will obtain and transmit your fingerprints via Live Scan directly to the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI).

Criminal Background Check
North Carolina Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 2129
Raleigh, NC 27602-2129

: (919) 781-9461
Attn. CBC Coordinator

Criminal Background Check Results...

Results of your Criminal Background Check cannot be processed until the signed and dated Electronic Fingerprint Submission Release of Information form is received in the Board of Nursing office.

Nurse Gateway

Outside of North Carolina

If you reside in another state or country, North Carolina Board of Nursing issued fingerprint cards and instructions will be mailed out to you about 10 days after submission of your application for licensure. Fingerprinting must be performed by authorized fingerprinting personnel. Contact your local fingerprinting agency for assistance and additional details.

Fee Information: $38.00 


Valid Forms of Payment:

  • Credit or Debit Card; MasterCard or Visa only
  • Certified Check, Cashier's Check, or Money Order

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Last Changed 10-Aug-2021

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