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Criminal Background Check (CBC) Registration Instructions

If you are an undergraduate LPN or RN student applying to take the NCLEX examination you MUST register for a background check through the Student Status Inquiry.

Miss Code Ann. Section 73-15-17 (Q); 73-15-19; and 73-15-21, authorizes the Mississippi Board of Nursing (MSBN) to undergo a fingerprint-based criminal background history check of the Mississippi central criminal data base and the Federal Bureau of Investigations criminal history for licensure. Please follow the instructions below to complete the CBC process.
  1. Complete and submit an application for licensure. Click here to view licensure applications and instructions. NOTE: If you are registering for a CBC for license restoration or it was a board request, proceed to the steps below to complete your CBC registration (a licensure application is not needed).

  2. CBC Registration - Complete the online CBC registration using the exact name as used on the licensure application. If an applicant has undergone a name change different from the name on their photo identification, you must present the necessary legal documents (i.e., marriage certificate, divorce decree, or other legal name change document) as proof at the time of fingerprinting.

  3. Fee - Submit the $75.00 fee, including processing fee, at the time of completion of the online CBC form by using a credit or debit card bearing the Visa, Discover, American Express or MasterCard logo, or electronic check. Fees are non-refundable.

  4. Identification - An applicant must provide two (2) sources of identification at the time of fingerprinting, one of which being a government issued current, valid and unexpired picture identification document. A driver"s license is preferred for the picture identification but in the absence of a driver"s license, a state-issued identification card may be acceptable. Other forms of identification documents may include: School issued student ID, State Government Issued Certificate of Birth, U.S. Active Duty/Retiree/Reservist Military Identification Card (000 10-2), U.S. Passport, Federal Government Personal Identity Verification Card (PIV), U.S. Tribal or Bureau of Indian Affairs Identification Card, Social Security Card, Court Order for a Name Change/Divorce, Marriage Certificate (Government Certificate Issued), U.S. Government Issued Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Foreign Passport with Appropriate Immigration Documents, Certificate of Citizenship (N560), Certificate of Naturalization (N550), INS 1-688 Temporary Resident Identification Card.

    If an applicant has undergone a name change different from the name on their photo identification, you must present the necessary legal documents (i.e., marriage certificate, divorce decree, or other legal name change document) as proof at the time of fingerprinting.

  5. Fingerprinting - Only the fingerprints and CBC performed by the MSBN will be accepted.

    APRN In-State (Mississippi) New Graduates ONLY - APRN new graduate applicants from an in-state APRN program should contact their school of nursing for the date and time scheduled for onsite fingerprinting to be performed by the MSBN staff. For all other applicant categories follow the instructions below.

    An appointment for fingerprinting must be made with the MSBN CBC staff after online CBC registration has been completed. Allow at least 24 hours for online CBC registration to be processed before making an appointment. Refer to the confirmation of payment and registration for the steps to complete the CBC process.

  6. Records/Documents - To expedite the licensing process, applicants who have been convicted of, pled guilty or pled no contest to any charge(s), or have charges pending against them for a felony or misdemeanor, other than a minor traffic violation in any state or jurisdiction must provide the board with the following pertinent records including but not limited to:
    • Certified copies of any and all court records
    • Expungements
    • Evidence of fines paid
    • Documents that demonstrate release of probation
    • A written detailed explanation as to the circumstances leading to each criminal offense
    This information may be mailed or delivered to the board at the time of licensure application.

  7. Applicants with potentially disqualifying events may be required to submit additional information as requested by the board. MSBN staff will contact the applicant either by phone or letter to request as needed.

  8. Applicants should NOT CALL THE BOARD REQUESTING THE RESULTS OF THEIR CBC. THIS INFORMATION WILL NOT BE GIVEN OUT OVER THE PHONE, IN PERSON, BY MAIL, and copies of CBC results will not be available through the board office.

  9. Allow additional time for the CBC process to be completed because of additional follow-up by board staff. The amount of additional time required is dependent on the applicant's ability to provide necessary documents and the time required for the board to review the information. A set timeframe cannot be given.

  10. A second set of prints may be requested by MSBN staff if inconsistencies associated with the original fingerprint submission cause the submission to be rejected. (Do not call MSBN to check acceptance of fingerprints. If inconsistencies are noted, board staff will contact the applicant.)

  11. If an applicant disagrees with the CBC results, they must contact the Board in writing within 10 business days of notification.