CHRC Updated process:
NDAC 114-03-02-01. Criminal history record checks.
1. An applicant shall submit a set of fingerprints to the board or its agent for the purpose of obtaining a state and federal criminal history record check in the manner provided by North Dakota Century Code section 12-60-24 and as set forth by the board.
Applicants may now download and print some of the required Background Check forms! Make sure you read all information to avoid delays in your license process.
NDMIRTB has met with ND BCI to discuss improving the CHRC workflow, as a result NDMIRTB is now able to provide some of the REQUIRED forms on our website (instead of only by mail, USPS). We hope this will improve the process.
Mandatory CHRC forms:
(Must be completed and returned to the Board office - delays in being fingerprinted AND returning the forms will result in delays becoming licensed.)
- FBI Fingerprint Card (this is available at the fingerprinting agency OR a law enforcement agency that performs fingerprinting.)
*The Boad office can also MAIL the cards to you. (ND BCI does not allow emailing of the FBI Fingerprint Card.) You should have two cards printed, especially if you have inked fingerprints. Digital fingerprints are best as they are generally accepted by the FBI. However, not all agencies have digital prints.
- NDMIRTB Fingerprint Verification Form (this form is REQUIRED by ND BCI and MUST be completed by the fingerprinting technician.) Available for download by clicking the green button below.
- Criminal History Record Check Request ND BCI - SFN 60688 (06-2017) Form (this form is required and MUST be completed and signed by you, the applicant.) Available for download by clicking the green button below.
You must mail the completed forms to the Board office. They cannot be emailed or faxed because the FBI requires the original forms. You are welcome to send them by expedited mail at your own expense, such as USPS Priority Mail, FedEx, etc. The street address for the Board is 2900 E Broadway Ave, Ste 3 in Bismarck, ND 58501.
Please be sure to include payment for the Fingerprinting Process (check or money order). MUST be payable to North Dakota Attorney General for $41.25.
Please be sure to date, SIGN, and entirely complete your check or money order! It will be returned if NOT signed as the Board Office cannot sign, complete, and/or edit your check or money order. It WILL be returned to you causing a delay in becoming licensed. The background check fees are not refundable.
Once the completed CHRC forms are received, they are mailed to the ND Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) for processing. BCI will NOT accept forms from you, only from the Board. It takes about 2 weeks, depending on the USPS mail, to get the results back. If your fingerprints are rejected (needing to redone) by the FBI; you will need to be reprinted and the forms will be resent to BCI. It will again take about 2 weeks to get the results back. Smudged fingerprints, incomplete forms or delays in returning the forms will result in delays in becoming licensed. One common cause of poor fingerprints is dry hands. Make sure to lotion your hands an hour or so before being fingerprinted.
The background checks are done through the FBI. The Board cannot “speed up” the process with ND BCI or FBI. The Board also cannot accept a copy of a previously completed background check from the applicant, employer, or employment agency in lieu of the Board’s own background check. The Board will not issue a license until the results of the Criminal History Record Check results are received.
This process CANNOT be rushed or expedited!
Again please be honest and self-report convictions, criminal history, alcohol/drug abuse, mental health issues or disciplinary action is not necessarily a disqualification from licensure.
Sample of ALL Mandatory CHRC forms - includes samples and important instructions to assist you and ensure they are properly completed.