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ASBN - Criminal Background Checks

Arkansas law requires applicants for initial licensure to submit a state and federal criminal background check. If an applicant has pleaded guilty, nolo contendere to, or been found guilty of any offense listed in ACA §17-3-102, he/she is not eligible for Arkansas licensure. ACA §17-3-102 provides an opportunity to request a waiver of eligibility criteria related to a criminal background in certain circumstances.

All applicants must submit an application for the conduction of state and federal Criminal Background Checks by following the instructions located here and submitting their request by accessing the Criminal Background Checks System.

 

Criminal Background Check System

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A state and federal criminal background check is required if they are not already on file with Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) within the last 12 months of application. Background checks from other agencies are not accepted.

Fees associated with conduction of the state and federal criminal background checks are at the applicant’s expense and are paid within this online system. A fee of $36.25, in addition to a processing fee, is required to process the state and federal criminal background checks. After submission of your request, you will receive two automatically generated email notifications, an Arkansas GovPay receipt and Request Acknowledgement. These emails will be sent to the email address that you provide.

FEES ARE NONREFUNDABLE

DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, CONTACT THE ARKANSAS STATE POLICE OR THE FBI ABOUT THE STATUS OF YOUR CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS.

Arkansas State Police Criminal Background Check

The State Criminal Background Check information is obtained within this system; no additional form is completed or submitted to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing or the Arkansas State Police.

Federal Criminal Background Check

The Federal Criminal Background Check requires that your fingerprints are used to check the criminal history records of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Fingerprint information is obtained in one of two ways, EITHER by 1) Arkansas Live Scan fingerprint scanning - this method is mandatory for individuals in Arkansas, or 2) Ink-based fingerprint cards - this method is not an option for individuals in Arkansas. Refer to the respective instructions contained herein.
Note: Out of state Endorsement applicants must request the Ink based fingerprint card method or come to Arkansas to have Federal fingerprints live scanned.
*Effective July 28, 2021, federal background checks from individuals in Arkansas must be submitted electronically (live scan).

Arkansas Live Scan Fingerprint Scanning:

Arkansas Live Scan is the ONLY vendor approved to conduct digital scanning of fingerprints for the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. Obtaining fingerprints via Arkansas Live Scan is a wonderful option with significant benefits. Click here for the Arkansas Live Scan Fingerprint Scanning flyer which includes locations and contact information.

Benefits of Live Scan include:

There is an additional $15.00 fee that each applicant pays to Arkansas Live Scan when having a live scan conducted.

Ink based Fingerprint Card:

*Effective July 28, 2021, federal background checks from individuals in Arkansas must be submitted electronically (live scan).
Out of state applicants must request the Ink based fingerprint card method or come to Arkansas to have Federal fingerprints live scanned.

To have your fingerprints obtained via the ink-based option you MUST use the fingerprint card provided by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. The fingerprint card will be mailed to you for completion and submission for the federal criminal background check. Arkansas State Board of Nursing typically receives results in 4 – 6 weeks; at times it may be longer.

When you request a fingerprint card through this system, it will be mailed to the address you provide. You must use the fingerprint card provided by ASBN. Refer to the instructions for directions on how to complete and mail the fingerprint card.

Click here to download instructions for obtaining, completing, and submitting an ink-based fingerprint card.

REQUEST CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS (CBCs) & DETERMINE FINGERPRINT COLLECTION METHOD

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RESEND CONFIRMATION EMAIL:

Click RESEND CONFIRMATION EMAIL if you need your email notification information and are not able to locate it in your email.

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