Criminal History Records Check for the Renewal of an Existing License/Certification

In 2006, House Bill 1318 and Senate Bill 769 were passed requiring  Criminal History Records Checks (CHRC) of all Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) renewal applicants.  
Who Must Complete a CHRC?
  • All CNAs and Nurses expiring on 2/28/2019 and 3/28/2019 must complete a CHRC in order to renew. This information will also be sent via U. S. mail. It is important to use the information provided to ensure the speedy processing of your renewal. 
  • Submit a COPY of your receipt by:
    • mailing a copy to 4140 Patterson Ave, Baltimore, MD  21215-2254, Attn: Renewal Department. Include your license / certification number on the copy.
    • sending a copy via e-mail to for RNs/LPNs
    • sending a copy via e-mail to for CNAs
  • Any RN, LPN, or CNA listed as NON-RENEWED for more than one year after the last expiration must obtain a CHRC in order to renew.
  • Renewal applications will not be processed without the criminal history record check.
  • The cost of the fingerprint and criminal history record check will be the responsibility of the individual. All fees must be paid by credit card, check or money order in United States currency. The Central Repository cannot accept cash.
  • The Board will not accept any receipt dated prior to November 28, 2018 for renewals expiring in February 2019 and March 2019.
Access to Records

Only designated Board staff will have access to the background check records and the results are confidential.
Compact Licenses

No Criminal History Records Check is required for nurses practicing in Maryland on their compact licenses. This is a requirement for Maryland Licensed Nurses. All compact states will be moving to requiring background check if the checks are not currently required.
How to Complete the Background Check

All renewal applicants be sure tocover_letter.pdfreview the cover letter.
You may download the instructions for completing the CHRC for Licensure/Certification Renewal here for RNs / LPNs and here for CNAs.
updated 12/4/2018