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Professional Licenses Require a Criminal Background Check in Indiana

Obtaining a professional license can be an important step to a better job, higher income, and career mobility. It requires a lot of hard work, money, and time. In Indiana it also requires a criminal background check. Anyone applying for certain Indiana licenses or certificates, including in nursing, must submit to a national criminal history background check.

Juvenile records will not appear on the background check. However, records that were part of a diversion program will appear and can be considered in the issuance or denial of a license. If the board finds no criminal record and the applicant meets all other requirements, the license will be issued.

What happens if the background check finds a criminal record? According to

“The board has the discretion to either approve your application without any further action or request your appearance in front of the board to discuss the matter further.  If a personal appearance is requested, the board may request supplemental information from you including an explanation of the criminal event(s) and disposition documentation.  If you do not have the information in your possession, you can obtain the documents from the court or law enforcement agency of record that processed the matter.  This is the same process that applicants underwent when criminal history was self-disclosure only.  The board will provide a copy of the criminal record for your review upon request.”
Expunge or Seal Your Criminal Record Now

If you are applying for a professional license in Indiana, don’t risk the time, money, and effort that you put into your career. Contact Gibson Law Office today about expunging or sealing your criminal record. Be confident about passing the criminal background check for your professional license. It is unlawful discrimination for any person to refuse to grant or renew a license, permit, or certificate necessary to engage in any activity, occupation, or profession because of a conviction or arrest record that has been expunged or sealed.

The following is a list of professional licenses and certificates in Indiana that require a criminal background check:
1.      Addiction Counselors (LAC)
2.      Advanced Practice Nurse
3.      Advanced Practice Nurse CSR
4.      Audiologist
5.      Chiropractor
6.      Chiropractor Temporary
7.      Clinical Addiction Counselor (LCAC)
8.      Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
9.      Dental Hygienist
10.  Dentist
11.  Dietitian
12.  Genetic Counselor
13.  Health Facility Administrator
14.  Health Facility Administrator Residential
15.  Licensed Acupuncturist
16.  Licensed Practical Nurse
17.  Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
18.  Marriage and Family Therapy Associate (LMFTA)
19.  Massage Therapist
20.  Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
21.  Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA)
22.  Nurse Midwife
23.  Occupational Therapist
24.  Occupational Therapy Assistant
25.  Optometrist
26.  Osteopathic Physician
27.  Pharmacist
28.  Pharmacy Technician
29.  Pharmacy Technician-In-Training
30.  Physical Therapist
31.  Physical Therapy Assistant
32.  Physician
33.  Physician Assistant
34.  Podiatrist
35.  Podiatrist - Temporary
36.  Private Investigator Psychologist
37.  Real Estate Appraiser
38.  Registered Nurse
39.  Registered Veterinary Technician
40.  Respiratory Care Practitioner
41.  Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) Temp
42.  Social Worker (LSW)
43.  Speech Pathologist
44.  Speech-Language Pathology Associate
45.  Speech-Language Pathology Aide
46.  Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
47.  Veterinarian