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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 Backgroud Check (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.
Fee Information:
  • Criminal Background Check: $38.00

FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE

Valid Forms of Payment:
  • Credit or Debit Card; MasterCard or Visa only
  • Certified Check or Money Order
  • Cashier's Check

Live Scan (North Carolina Residents)

All applications MUST be submitted online. No exceptions.
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.

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).

Fee Information:
  • Live Scan: $38.00

FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE

Valid Forms of Payment:
  • Credit or Debit Card; MasterCard or Visa only 

Submission Information

  1. Access-Log in to your Nurse Gateway portal
  2. Select 'Live Scan Application' located under 'Background Checks'
  3. Complete the Live Scan Application; Pay the required fee ($38.00)
  4. Access, print and sign your Live Scan Application forms which include (1) 'Electronic Fingerprint Submission Release of Information' and (2) 'Applicant Information'
    • Select the tile labeled 'CBC' under the 'Criminal Background Checks' tab
    • Select the 'Files' tab to access your prefilled Live Scan Application forms

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

cbc@ncbon.com
: (919) 781-9461

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.

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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
  • 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.
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