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Criminal History Record Check and Child Abuse and Neglect Background Inquiry

According to NDCC 43-41-04.2, all new applicants for licensure shall be required to submit to a statewide and nationwide criminal history check as well as consent to a child abuse information index check which includes authorization for the ND Department of Health and Human Services or its designee to release to the Board reports of decisions that services are required for child abuse or neglect filed pursuant to NDCC 50-25.1-05.2.

Applicants who hold a current North Dakota license and are applying for an upgrade of their current licenses are not required to complete the criminal history checks or the child abuse information index check. 

Background Check Process

License by Initial Licensure: A background check packet will be mailed to your home address with your testing approval letter.

License by Reciprocity Applicants: The background check packet will be mailed to your home address when your application is received.

The background check packet will contain:

  • A cover letter,
  • Two (2) fingerprint cards,
  • Sample fingerprint card,
  • Fingerprint Verification Form,
  • Criminal History Record Check Request Pursuant to NDCC 12-60-24 (SFN 60688), and
  • Child Abuse and Neglect Background Inquiry (SFN 433).

Fingerprints must be taken by an authorized official at a law enforcement agency or fingerprinting agency. You cannot take your own fingerprints.

All costs associated with the criminal history record check background check are the responsibility of the applicant. The cost for the criminal history record check is $41.25 and is payable to the North Dakota Attorney General.

Background Check Results

Once the NDBSWE receives the required documents for the criminal history record check and the child abuse and neglect background inquire, they will be submitted for processing. Licenses cannot be issued until the background check results have been received by the NDBSWE. If either of the background checks identify findings or convictions, the license process may be delayed.