Background Check Information

To obtain a criminal background check that will be accepted with your application, please follow these instructions:
To obtain the state results:
Search online by entering the state followed by “background check” (ex. Maryland Background Check). That will access the process for obtaining the state's background check.
To obtain the federal results:
There are currently two options regarding the federal background check:
1.    Submit background cards for the federal check to Maryland CJIS for processing; the federal check will be processed by Maryland CJIS (; or
2.    Submit federal background cards directly to the FBI (
Background Check FAQs
We have a company that does our employee criminal background checks, can we use it?
Third party background results are not accepted. Results must be obtained from state and/or federal agencies.

Are we required to have an immediate supervisor of designated representative?
No, it is not required to have an immediate supervisor of a Designated Representative. However, a Designated Representative is required.

Our Designated Representative or Supervisor is leaving the company. What do we do?
When the Designated Representative and/or Supervisor of the Designated Representative changes, the appropriate section of the application (Attachment 1 and/or Attachment 2) must be submitted, with all accompanying documentation, within 30 days.
Can I get my criminal background check through another party other than CJIS or an authorized state agency?
No, the Maryland Board of Pharmacy accepts criminal background checks only from CJIS and other authorized state agencies, and federal criminal background checks that come directly from the FBI.
Maryland CJIS Contact Information
To contact Maryland CJIS, please call 1.888.795.0011 or 410.764.4501. Our CJIS authorization number is 0600062013. You will need this authorization code when you get fingerprinted. The ORI number is MD920493Z, if necessary.
Effective October 1, 2016: CJIS Fee Changes
Full background check (includes State and FBI): $30.00
State only: $18.00
 *Please be advised that having a conviction on your record will not necessarily disqualify you from obtaining a license.