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Background Check Information

Criminal Background Check Instructions


In State Applicants
  • To schedule an appointment, go to  
  • Enter our Service Code 228NJX to get started. For further details, please click here:
  • Select on ‘Schedule or Manage Appointment’ to schedule an appointment.  
  • Write down your confirmation number and take it with you to your fingerprint appointment. 
  • State and federal background checks are now all electronic.  It will take 2 – 3 business days for the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses to receive the results.  Direct all questions regarding the process to IdentoGo by MorphoTrust USA Enrollment Services at 855-766-7746.  

Out of State Applicants
  • You will need to submit a West Virginia state and federal background check by completing the instructions for in state applicants. 
  • To schedule an appointment, go to  
  • Enter our Service Code 228NJX to get started. 
  • Select ‘Submit A Fingerprint Card by Mail” in order have hard cards submitted and processed. Here are detailed instructions on how to submit a fingerprint card:
  • In addition, you will be required to submit a state background check from your state of residency.  You will need to go to the appropriate agency to submit fingerprints and have the results sent directly to the board. It is required by the board that all background checks must be done by submitting fingerprints.  If the agency is unable to forward the results directly to the board, you will need to forward the unopened results to the board as soon as you receive the results. Please note that the envelope containing the results should remain sealed and sent to the board office. 
  • When submitting state-level background check results, the results cannot be sent as an atachment through email, via fax, or sent from a third-party organization.
The criminal background check information can be submitted to the Board up to 12 months prior to graduation.  

Fingerprint Manual Card Submission Procedures
Fingerprint Manual Card Submission Procedures

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