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Fingerprint Requirements

All applicants for a new license or reactivation of a license must provide fingerprints for a state and federal criminal history record check. All fingerprints are processed through the Oregon State Police (OSP) and the FBI. A history of criminal activity will be reviewed and may result in the denial of your application.  Fingerprints collected for any other agency or organization cannot be used for licensing. You must have your fingerprints collected specifically for the Oregon State Board of Nursing. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Do not obtain fingerprints until AFTER you have submitted an application; without an application, the OSBN cannot match your  fingerprints to your application. This could result in your fingerprints being unmatchable, resulting in delays and possibly requiring you to resubmit your prints at your own cost. 

Fieldprint Inc
The Oregon State Board of Nursing contracts with Fieldprint Inc. to collect digital fingerprint images from applicants for the background check.  After submitting an application for licensure, please visit Fieldprint Inc's website to schedule an appointment to have your fingerprints taken and transmitted electronically. Fieldprint Inc offers services nationwide.  Visit for more information.
To schedule your fingerprint appointment, go to and use this Fieldprint code: FPORBoardNursingDAS
Before you go, condition your fingers. Health care professionals may have difficultly obtaining quality fingerprints due to dry hands from frequent handwashing. Moisturize or apply cornhusker’s oil on your hands prior to fingerprinting to help “raise” the prints, making them easier to read.  If Oregon State Police or the FBI rejects your fingerprints because of poor quality, Fieldprint Inc or the Oregon State Board of Nursing will notify you to schedule retakes.

The Oregon State Board of Nursing will accept paper fingerprint cards only if your address is more than 75 miles away from a Fieldprint Inc. location. Use Oregon State Board of Nursing form LIC-618 and follow the instructions shown on the form. 
Processing Time
Due to the influx of applications being received currently, the average fingerprint processing time about 8 weeks.  If you have questions regarding the status of your fingerprint processing, contact the Oregon State Board of Nursing. Do not attempt to contact the Oregon State Police. Submit questions about the fingerprinting process by email to the Licensing Department at  
Challenging the Reported Information
You may challenge the accuracy or completeness of the criminal history information in accordance with OAR 125-007-0300(7). The procedure for obtaining a change, correction, or update to an FBI record are provided in Title 28 CFR 16.34.