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How Criminal History Affects Your Application

Criminal Background Checks

Applying for a license or certificate in Oregon involves several steps.  One step that can prolong the approval process is the criminal background check (CBC).  To promote public safety, the Oregon State Board of Nursing runs all license applications, including renewal applications, through a CBC.  CBCs are comprised of fingerprint checks and/or Oregon Law Enforcement Data System (LEDS) checks. All ‘positive hits’ are sent to the Investigations department for further review.  A 'positive hit' means the background check indicates a person has been arrested or convicted of a crime.

All issues are handled on a case-by-case basis.  In addition to thoroughly reading all the mandatory disclosure questions and answering them truthfully and completely, there are a few ways to expedite the process. 


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