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
|Criminal Background Check (Out-of-State Residents)|
|Criminal Background Check||If you reside in another state or country, North Carolina Board of Nursing issued fingerprint cards and instructions will be mailed directly to you the following week after 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.|
|Valid Forms of Payment||
|Live Scan (North Carolina Residents)|
|What is Live Scan?||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 reside in 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).|
|Access the Nurse Gateway|
|Complete Online Application||
|Valid Forms of Payment||
How to submit...
Access, print and sign your Live Scan Application forms which include (1) 'Electronic Fingerprint Submission Release of Information' and (2) 'Applicant Information'
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). 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.
Mail, email or fax your Electronic Fingerprint Submission Release of Information form after Live Scan is complete to:
|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.
Upon successful completion of the online application, you may check your application status via Nurse Gateway. Licensure information can be verified on the Board's website. The Board of Nursing’s electronic database serves the primary source of licensure information for nurses in North Carolina.
The Application Confirmation which serves as your official receipt will be available on your Nurse Gateway profile upon successful completion of the application process. To access, select the appropriate tile under the 'Licenses/Approval to Practice/Certifications' tab on the Home screen, then select the 'Files' tab on the License Information screen.
If your email address is listed with the North Carolina Board of Nursing, you will receive a confirmation via email verifying receipt of your online application.
Can I challenge the results of a Criminal History Record Check?
Yes, North Carolina allows an individual to review and challenge the results of a Criminal History Records Check. Contact the Agencies as listed below:
- North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation: (919) 582-8660
- Federal Bureau of Investigation: (304) 625-5590
- Contact the Clerk of Court in the arresting county