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Kathleen R. Weinberg, MSN, RN, Executive Director

Criminal History FAQs

If someone is thinking about registering for nursing classes, or enrolled in nursing education, is there some guarantee that a person's criminal history will not prevent licensure?

There is no guarantee that a criminal history will not affect an individual's request for licensure. Each conviction is reviewed individually. Consideration is given to the severity of the offense, how long it has been since the offense occurred, and if the applicant has demonstrated that the likelihood of re-occurrence is low and the applicant has made changes to ensure this.

Do I need to report Operating While Intoxicated convictions?

Yes, operating while intoxicated convictions need to be reported.

Do I need to report speeding or other traffic charges where a ticket was written and I drove away after being stopped?

No, speeding and traffic charges where a ticket was written, and you were allowed to drive away after being stopped, do not need to be reported.

What if I was told that my charges would be expunged, deferred, non-public, or that they did not count as a conviction?

Unless the charges were "dismissed," they must be reported. It is safer to report any charges about which you are unsure, and have the Board determine their status and applicability, than to not report them and have to explain why you did not report them when a criminal history report later shows the charges.

Will my criminal history keep me from being licensed?

It is important that you report all of your criminal history upon request for licensure. Each history is reviewed on a case by case basis. The severity of the crime, amount of time elapsed since it occurred, and your life since then are all considerations. Board staff cannot offer any guaranteed approvals or denials. You may, however, petition a review of your convictions: Eligibility Petition Form & Instructions

As a licensee, what criminal charges do I need to report, and when?

You are required to report all criminal convictions within 30 days of final disposition. Final disposition may include a plea of guilty, jury ruling, deferred judgment or other type of conviction. Please send the information about your conviction to the Enforcement Unit. You do not need to report traffic charges, but be aware that Operating While Intoxicated is considered a criminal conviction.