Criminal History Records Checks Began October 1, 2016
The General Assembly passed legislation in the 2015 session – SB 449 (CH 34) – that
requires State Board of Physicians applicants and licensees to
submit to Criminal History Records Checks (CHRCs) as a qualification for licensure,
and creates new grounds for disciplinary action if a licensee fails to submit to
a required CHRC.
Timing of CHRC's
The Board recommends that applicants and licensees do not submit your
fingerprints earlier than 6 weeks before the date you intend to complete your initial
license and/or renewal application. The Board is authorized to retain CHRC information
for 90 days.
The focus for staff are current renewals, reinstatements
and new applicants.
Due to both CJIS and FBI requirements, the Board only has access to
a CHRC for 90 days. Therefore, if a CHRC is received too far in advance and it is
not matched, it will appear as if the practitioner did not submit to a CHRC. The
recommendation for completion of a CHRC six weeks prior to the renewal period is
meant to eliminate practitioners from having to submit to more than one CHRC.
The Board is notifying each practitioner type in advance of their designated
renewal cycle. This advance notice provides ample time for practitioners to complete
a CHRC. Please make sure your address is current. If you need to update your address, Click here to Change Address
Your licensure name must match your CHRC fingerprint request name. If there's a discrepancy, we cannot match the CHRC report to your license.
If your name has legally changed, you should submit a Name Change Application (Physician Name Change Request Form or Allied Health Name Change Request Form prior to submitting a CHRC.
Once processed, the Board will be able to match the CHRC to the licensure name.
Fingerprinting Done for Another Reason or for a State/Federal Agency
Results of a CHRC in another state or conducted elsewhere in Maryland
cannot be sent to the Board. Each entity/agency/employer has a unique authorization
code from CJIS and the FBI. The responses are sent directly to the appropriate agency.
CHRCs cannot be shared between entities/agencies/employers.
You have to apply for a CHRC for the Maryland Board of Physicians.
Confirming Receipt by the Board of CHRC Results
* Please do not contact the Board to verify receipt or submit
receipts. The Board receives electronic CHRC notifications within 72 hours.
When you receive your CHRC results (by mail), the Board receives results
at the same time. Do not call the Board to verify receipt of your CHRC results.
Board staff will not verify receipt of results. Retain your receipt in your records.
Board Review of CHRC Positive Results
Positive results are considered by the Board on a case-by-case basis.
The Board must consider numerous factors pursuant to Health Occupations §14-313
and Criminal Procedure §1-209. If you receive a request from the Board for additional
information, please submit your response as quickly as possible so delays in the
process can be avoided.