Instructions for obtaining Criminal Background Checks

Maine has passed a law to allow it to become a member of the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). If you are applying for initial licensure or licensure by endorsement, and declaring Maine as your primary state of residence, you must meet the new Uniform Licensure Requirements (ULRs). ULRs must be met no later than January 19, 2018, the implementation date for the eNLC, to retain your multistate privilege. Failure to do so will result in your multistate license being deactivated and you will not be able to practice in other compact states.

The ULRs require that an applicant for initial licensure or licensure by endorsement submit fingerprints or other biometric-based information for the purpose of obtaining criminal history record information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the agency responsible for retaining Maine’s criminal records. 32 M.R.S. 2173(3)(F). A criminal background check (CBC) must be completed through the Maine Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the FBI based on a set of fingerprints provided to IdentoGO. The BON cannot accept fingerprint cards or criminal background check results mailed by you, or results that were completed for another facility, even if the previous check was completed through the DPS and the FBI.

Instructions: Register for fingerprinting online at If you do not register, you will not be able to have your fingerprints taken. There is a one-time $52 fee for this process.

Please notify the Board of Nursing at (207) 287-1133 with any questions.