Fingerprint Requirements

Applicants must provide fingerprints for state and federal criminal history record check.  All fingerprints are processed through the Oregon State Police (OSP) and the FBI. 

Applicants must submit fingerprints on form FD-258, which the OMB will mail to applicants upon receipt of application.  Extra copies can be obtained from local law enforcement offices. 

Fingerprinting services are available from local law enforcement and some private agencies.  The OMB or your local police can assist you in locating fingerprinting services. 

Preparation for Fingerprints

Visiting a fingerprinting agency.

      • Make an appointment if the agency requires it.
      • Verify that the agency will sign the identification form.  Some fingerprinting agencies have policies that prohibit the completion of external forms.  In this case, the OMB will accept a written, signed document from the fingerprinting official attesting that identification was obtained.  The alternative document must include the fingerprinting official’s contact information.
      • Verify the cost of the service - fees vary by agency.
      • Verify that if the agency uses LiveScan, they can print the fingerprints on the card provided to you by the OMB.

LiveScan is an inkless electronic fingerprinting method where fingerprints are scanned and saved as a digital image.  When done properly, LiveScan can have a greater success rate than the traditional ink method.  The computer generated fingerprints must be printed on the fingerprint card provided by the Oregon Medical Board or an equivalent.  LiveScan is not available in all areas.

Condition your fingers.  Many health care professionals find it difficult to obtain quality fingerprints due to dry hands as a result of frequent hand washing.  Moisturize or apply cornhusker’s oil on your hands prior to fingerprinting to help “raise” the prints, making them easier to read. 

While at the fingerprinting agency

You will be required to show picture identification such as a driver’s license or passport. Upon completion, both you and the fingerprinting official must sign and date the card.  The Official must complete an Identification Verification Form, which verifies your identity at the time of printing.  If you return the card to the Board without this form, it will be shredded upon receipt,  and you will need to resubmit new fingerprints along with a completed form.

While at the fingerprinting agency, complete the FD-258 fingerprinting card.  Carefully read all instructions and reference an example if needed.  Review the form to ensure that you have completed the following fields:

  • Full name, including aliases
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Citizenship
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Eye color
  • Hair color
  • Social Security Number

 Return completed fingerprint cards to the OMB along with the Identification Verification Form.  Do not send the fingerprint cards directly to the FBI or OSP.

Quality of Fingerprints

Finger prints must meet FBI standards, which are printed on the back of each fingerprint card.  If the
instructions are not followed, or the fingerprints do not meet FBI standards, the cards may be rejected by the OSP or FBI.  Rejected cards are sent back to the applicant with new cards for resubmission.

It is extremely rare for fingerprints to be rejected three or more times.  If you have supplied the OMB with a backup fingerprint card, the backup card will be sent for processing.  If not, you will receive e-mail notification of the rejection, and the OMB will mail you a new fingerprint packet.

Processing Time

The OMB will receive and review your fingerprints and then send them to the Oregon State Police for processing.  The average fingerprint processing time is 2 - 3 weeks.  If you have questions regarding the status of your fingerprint processing, contact the OMB.  Do not attempt to contact the Oregon State Police.

Submit questions about the fingerprinting process by e-mail to the Licensing Department at omb.fingerprints@state.or.us. ​​