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FEDERAL/STATE CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

KRS 314.011(21) defines conviction as an unvacated adjudication of guilt, pleading no contest or nolo contendere, entering an Alford plea, or entering a guilty plea pursuant to a pretrial diversion order regardless of whether the penalty is rebated, suspended, or probated.  

FEDERAL CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS (FINGERPRINTING)

Required of:

  • RN and LPN applicants for licensure by examination, endorsement and reinstatement 
  • All APRN applicants
  • All SANE applicants

Request a fingerprint card

  • Instructions for completing the fingerprint card [PDF Format - 15KB]
  • Send the Kentucky State Police (KSP) the completed fingerprint card and the $16.50 fee, check or money order made payable to the KSP.  The address is:

Kentucky State Police
1266 Louisville Road
Frankfort, KY  40601

  • Allow 10 business days after mailing the fingerprint card and fee to KSP for KBN to receive notification that they were received.  
  • Fingerprint reports may take up to 4 weeks to be received from the FBI

Second (2nd) Fingerprint card Request instructions:

  • If you receive a 2nd fingerprint card request in the mail from KBN you are required to submit the 2nd fingerprint card back to KBN without a fee.  KBN will submit the 2nd fingerprint card to the FBI for processing. 
  • If the 2nd fingerprint card is rejected, KBN will submit a name search request to the FBI for processing, this could take an additional 2 weeks for the results to be returned to KBN.
STATE CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

Required of:

  • RN and LPN applicants for licensure by examination, endorsement and reinstatement
  • APRN only applicants
  • All SANE applicants

Request a state background check (courtnet) from the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC)

    • Only an AOC report is accepted: Online Requests
    • Processed by AOC within 2 weeks
    • KBN will receive an electronic copy of the report, if you request the report online and AOC FastCheck Instructions accurately [PDF Format - 201KB].   When the copy is sent to you by email you should download it and save a copy for your records in case KBN does not receive the electronic copy.
    • Paper requests are available [PDF Format - 56KB]
      • May take 4-6 weeks for AOC to complete the request
      • Applicants must mail or fax a copy of the report to KBN

Note: All previous surnames MUST be reported when requesting a Criminal History Report. For instructions on how to include a maiden name, alias, etc., please click here.

REPORTING CRIMINAL HISTORY

KRS 314.011(21) defines conviction as an unvacated adjudication of guilt, pleading no contest or nolo contendere, entering an Alford plea, or entering a guilty plea pursuant to a pretrial diversion order regardless of whether the penalty is rebated, suspended, or probated.  

  • OTHER THAN DUIs, do not report traffic offenses. Letters of explanation may be faxed to 502-429-3353. Certified court documents must be mailed to KBN at:

Kentucky Board of Nursing

Consumer Protection Department

312 Whittington Parkway

Suite 300

Louisville, KY 40222

Click here for more information on reporting criminal convictions.  

 

ANSWER THE CONVICTION OR DISCIPLINARY QUESTION IN ERROR?
  • Send a letter correcting the information
    • Fax to 502-429-3311
APPLICATION STATUS

Follow the status of your application as it is being processed and always know what requirements are needed.

 

Last Updated 3/5/2014
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