Fingerprinting Requirements

A full Criminal History Records Check is a requirement for a Maryland Physical Therapy License. A full background check includes both State and FBI checks. The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) oversees Criminal History Record Checks. History record checks are conducted by being fingerprinted.

Starting January 1, 2015, all initial applicants for a Physical Therapy or Physical Therapy Assistants license will have to have a Criminal History Records Check completed prior to receiving a license. This is accomplished by submitting fingerprints to the Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS).

Please download the Crimin​al History Background Check Directions in order to complete this process. If you are a Foreign Applicant please follow the directions for an Out of State Resident. Once the background check is completed the Board will issue a license in accordance with Board regulations and policies.

Please DO NOT call the Board’s offices for an update on a background check. The check is completed by a separate state agency. The Board has no control over the amount of time it takes to complete the check. If you have not received the results of the check after thirty (30) days you can contact CJIS direct at 410-764-4501.

Download The Criminal History Background Check Instructions