Criminal History Record Checks Begin October 1

The General Assembly passed legislation in the 2015 session SB 449 (CH 34) that requires State Board of Physicians applicants and licensees to submit to Criminal History Records Checks (CHRCs) as a qualification for licensure, and creates new grounds for disciplinary action if a licensee fails to submit to a required CHRC.

CHRC's will be required for all reinstatements, renewal, and initial license applications for ALL licensees beginning October 1, 2016 and will be maintained in the Maryland and FBI data base for further identification purposes. Applicants have the right to challenge their records. This is discussed in more detail in the FBI NonCriminal Justice Applicant's Privacy Rightsnotice.

It is the responsibility of the licensee or applicant to contact the Criminal System Information System to determine how long the Criminal History Record Checks (CHRC) process takes so that they can make arrangements to ensure that their application before the Board will be timely and complete.

* Please do not contact the Board to verify receipt or submit receipts. The Board receives electronic CHRC notifications within 72 hours.

To check the status of a current background history request, please contact the CJIS Call Center at 410-764-4501 or 1-888-795-0011, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Commercial Fingerprinting Services

Commercial Fingerprinting Services (Private Providers) are authorized by COMAR Regulation 12.15.05. Click here for a listing.

Some of the providers have "Pre Registration" which can significantly reduce wait time by filling out the Criminal Background Application form and paying the required fees in advance. Remember, you will need to provide the following to the fingerprinting provider:

  • CJIS Authorization#: 1600000743
  • FBI ORI#: MD920522Z
  • Reason Fingerprinted: Professional License
  • Type: Governmental Licensing/Certification

There is also the option to request the Criminal Background Application directly from CJIS. Click on the CJIS website Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.