The Board requires applicants to consent to a criminal history record check. The Board shall consider the following factors when making a determination of licensure:
(1) The level and seriousness of the crime.
(2) The date of the crime.
(3) The age of the person at the time of the crime.
(4) The circumstances surrounding the commission of the crime, if known.
(5) The nexus between the criminal conduct and the prospective duties of the applicant as a licensee.
(6) The prison, jail, probation, parole, rehabilitation, and employment records of the applicant since the date the crime was committed.
(6a) The completion of, or active participation in, rehabilitative drug or alcohol treatment.
(6b) A Certificate of Relief granted pursuant to G.S. 15A-173.2
(7) The subsequent commission of a crime by the applicant.
(10) Any affidavits or other written documents, including character references.
If your application is denied in whole or in part because of a criminal conviction, you may request a hearing before the Board under N.C. Gen. Stat §§ 150B-38 through 41.
Live Scan is digital fingerprinting and transmission of the impression directly to the SBI and FBI for processing.
If you submit your prints via Live Scan, do not submit a fingerprint card or any forms that may have been mailed to you. This could delay the processing of your application!
Some benefits of the Live Scan method are:
What if I don’t live in NC? section to read: If you reside in another state or country, please print two (2) fingerprint cards, instructions, and Authority to Release Information form and take them to your local law enforcement agency. The agency may use your printed forms or they may provide FD-258 fingerprint cards. Fill out the 2 cards according to the instructions. Fingerprinting must be performed by trained law enforcement personnel. You may contact your local sheriff or police office for assistance and additional details. Once you have completed the fingerprinting please mail the signed Authority for Release of Information form, the 2 fingerprint cards, and the $38 criminal background check fee (if not paid online) to:
North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors
P.O. Box 77819
Greensboro, North Carolina 27417
If you submit fingerprint cards, DO NOT submit the Live Scan forms. This will delay processing of your application!
To submit a live scan application, please access the Live Scan Application located under 'Background Checks' once you're logged in to your Counselor Gateway profile. You will need to complete the following steps:
Yes, North Carolina allows an individual to review and challenge the results of a criminal history records check. Please contact the agencies as listed below:
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