CBC Requirements

Criminal Background Check (CBC)

As required by the North Carolina Dental Practice Act, applicants for dental licensure as specified below are required to undergo a fingerprint-based State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) criminal history check:

  • Applicants seeking licensure by examination (CITA or ADEX).
  • Applicants seeking licensure by military endorsement or credentials.
  • Applicants seeking reinstatement of a North Carolina license.
  • Applicants seeking an intern permit or instructor's license.

North Carolina Residents Only

If you reside in North Carolina, use LiveScan to obtain and transmit your digital fingerprints electronically to the SBI/FBI. LiveScan is only available to applicants living in North Carolina.

| To access instructions and required forms for LiveScan click here. |

Out-of-State Residents

If you reside in another state or country, a fingerprint card and instructions may be mailed directly to you upon request. Fingerprinting must be performed by trained law enforcement personnel; contact your local sheriff or police office for assistance and additional details. Email your mailing address to info@ncdentalboard.org to have fingerprint card and related documents mailed to you.

Prior Criminal Arrests and Convictions

How the Board analyzes Criminal Background Checks

If you have prior criminal arrests or convictions (misdemeanors and/or felonies) regardless of the age of the arrest or conviction, you must submit the following with your application:

  • Original certified court documents for all arrests and convictions (misdemeanors or felonies); and
  • A detailed explanation of the events leading to the arrest and any other pertinent details. | Click here for the form. |

How to request a predetermination of criminal history and eligibility for licensure

Mail all CBC related documents with your application to:

North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners
2000 Perimeter Park Dr., Suite 160
Morrisville, NC 27560

Functions of the Board of Dental Examiners
The administration of licensure examinations for dentists and dental hygienists
The promulgation of rules and enforcement of laws and regulations governing the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene in this state
The issuance and renewal of licenses to dentists and dental hygienists