The Board is authorized under ORS 676.303(3) to require a fingerprint-based background check for all new applications and for individuals applying for reinstatement of a license lapsed more than one year.
Who needs to be fingerprinted?
- New Applicants for PT or PTA licenses or temporary permits
- Licensees who have allowed their licenses to lapse for more than one year
- Licensees who have had their license expire (i.e. been lapsed more than 5 years)
A background check is not required to purchase an Oregon Compact Privilege or to obtain a Military Spouse Temporary Permit.
How do I complete fingerprinting?
- The board has contracted with Fieldprint, Inc. to conduct fingerprinting. Fieldprint is the only approved state resource for this service. Applicants may not use any other fingerprinting methods- they will not be accepted.
- Applicants do not need to be physically in Oregon to be fingerprinted- Fieldprint locations are in all 50 states. If you are outside of the United States, contact the Board to discuss options for being fingerprinted.
- To schedule your appointment to be fingerprinted, you will need a code provided by the Board. This code will be provided to you as you complete the application for licensure. Please ensure that you write down the code while you are completing your application.
How long does the background check process take?
After your appointment with Fieldprint, the fingerprints are electronically sent to the Oregon State Police, who process the prints and send the results to the Board. Processing times vary widely depending on Oregon State Police's current workload. Fingerprinting results may take up to a month to be returned to the Board- or they may be returned within 48 hours! Because of this variance in processing times, the Board strongly encourages applicants to submit their completed application and schedule their fingerprinting several weeks before a license is needed.
PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT
Authority: The FBI’s acquisition, preservation, and exchange of fingerprints and associated information is generally authorized under 28 U.S.C. 534. Depending on the nature of your application, supplemental authorities include Federal statutes, State statutes pursuant to Pub. L. 92-544, Presidential Executive Orders, and federal regulations. Providing your fingerprints and associated information is voluntary; however, failure to do so may affect completion or approval of your application.
Principal Purpose: Certain determinations, such as employment, licensing, and security clearances, may be predicated on fingerprint-based background checks. Your fingerprints and associated information/biometrics may be provided to the employing, investigating, or otherwise responsible agency, and/or the FBI for the purpose of comparing your fingerprints to other fingerprints in the FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) system or its successor systems (including civil, criminal, and latent fingerprint repositories) or other available records of the employing, investigating, or otherwise responsible agency. The FBI may retain your fingerprints and associated information/biometrics in NGI after the completion of this application and, while retained, your fingerprints may continue to be compared against other fingerprints submitted to or retained by NGI.
Routine Uses: During the processing of this application and for as long thereafter as your fingerprints and associated information/biometrics are retained in NGI, your information may be disclosed pursuant to your consent, and may be disclosed without your consent as permitted by the Privacy Act of 1974 and all applicable Routine Uses as may be published at any time in the Federal Register, including the Routine Uses for the NGI system and the FBI’s Blanket Routine Uses. Routine uses include, but are not limited to, disclosures to: employing, governmental or authorized non-governmental agencies responsible for employment, contracting, licensing, security clearances, and other suitability determinations; local, state, tribal, or federal law enforcement agencies; criminal justice agencies; and agencies responsible for national security or public safety.
Applicant Notification and FBI Record Access and Amendment
Your fingerprints will be used to check the criminal history records of the FBI. You have the opportunity to complete or challenge the accuracy of the information contained in the FBI identification record. The procedure for obtaining a change, correction, or updating an FBI identification record are set forth in Title 28, CFR, 16.34. You can find additional information on the FBI website at https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/background-checks