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Fingerprint-Based Background Checks: Frequently Asked Questions
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  1. Who is required to be fingerprinted and undergo a national fingerprint-based criminal background check to be considered for licensure/certification by the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN)?

    Answer: As of 1-1-2008, all applicants for new Oregon nursing licenses and certificates, as well as applicants for Reactivation, are required to undergo a national (FBI) fingerprint-based background check.  (This includes Endorsement Applications, Exam Applications, Reactivations, and late Renewals 61 or more days past expiration date.) 

    The OSBN has performed state background checks on all applications for many years; the addition of national criminal background checks will greatly enhance the OSBN’s ability to protect the public.


  2. Where can I go to get my fingerprints taken? 

    Answer
    : Fingerprinting services are available from most state and county law enforcement agencies.  Fingerprinting services can be found under “Fingerprinting” in the yellow pages or by doing an Internet search.  Fees for fingerprinting services at the fingerprinting locations vary.

    Fingerprinting Locations:  The Tualatin Police Department offers a list of local providers for fingerprint services.

  3. Do I have to use the fingerprint card that the Board of Nursing sends with the application, or can I use a blank card supplied at the fingerprinting facility?

    Answer
    : You may use either the card supplied by the OSBN or the fingerprinting facility version.  The OSBN includes a fingerprint card with the application simply for convenience.

  4. I recently submitted my fingerprints through the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) as part of a criminal background check.  Do I have to submit fingerprints with my application to the Oregon State Board of Nursing also?

    Answer: Yes.  Fingerprints submitted to the DHS for background checks are not available for use by the OSBN.  You will need to submit a new fingerprint card along with an Identity Verification form to the OSBN for processing your application for licensure or certification.

  5. I recently submitted my fingerprints to the Oregon State Police (OSP).  Do I have to submit fingerprints with my application to the OSBN with my application?

    Answer
    : Yes.  Fingerprints submitted to the OSP for background checks are not available for use by the OSBN.  You will need to submit a new fingerprint card along with an Identity Verification form to the OSBN for processing your application for licensure or certification.

  6. I have an active license or certificate in Oregon and I'm applying now for another license or certification (Medication Aide, LPN to RN, or advanced practice).  Do I have to submit fingerprints when I'm already licensed in Oregon?

    Answer
    : Yes.  The OSBN requires a FBI fingerprint-based criminal background check on new applications and reactivation applications, regardless of whether you are currently licensed or certified in Oregon. 

  7. What do I need to take with me to the fingerprinting facility?

    Answer
    : When you go to the fingerprinting facility of your choice, you will be required to bring and show a government-issued picture identification.  You should also take the OSBN Identity Verification form, the blank fingerprint card supplied in your application packet (fingerprinting facilities will also have blank cards), and the manila envelope for the fingerprinting official to enclose and seal the card and identification form.

  8. If my fingerprint card is rejected, do I have to pay the processing fee again?

    Answer
    : The fingerprint-based criminal background check processing fee will cover up to three rejections of fingerprints.  However, applicants will need to submit a new card and Identity Verification form if the first (or second) card is rejected.

  9. I printed my application for Oregon Nursing licensure/certification off of the OSBN website.  I have the Identity Verification form and plan to use a blank fingerprint card from the fingerprinting facility.  Can I send the application, fees and fingerprint documents in the same envelope?

    Answer
    :  Yes.  You are welcome to send the fingerprint card, Identity Verification form completed and sealed, with your application for licensure/certification and payment for licensure and fingerprint-based background check process fee all in the same envelope.