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Requirement for a Criminal Background Check (UPDATED as of January 11, 2011)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Applications are currently being updated by HPLA with Criminal Background Information.


As of January 11, 2011, all applications are currently being updated by HPLA with Criminal Background Information.


As of January 3, 2011, each applicant for a license, registration or certification by initial licensure, renewal, reinstatement, or reactivation shall obtain a criminal background check.  

The District’s “Criminal Background Check Amendment Act of 2006” requires that an applicant for initial licensure, registration, or certification shall not be issued a license, registration or certification until the background check has been completed by the District’s Metropolitan Police Department.

A criminal background check shall be conducted in accordance with Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) and Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) policies and procedures and in an FBI-approved environment, by means of fingerprint and National Criminal Information Center checks and procedures.

The FBI‘s criminal background check shall disclose any criminal history of the prospective applicant over a seven (7) year period in all jurisdictions within which the prospective applicant has worked or resided. The MPD shall conduct a similar criminal background check for offenses within the District. An adverse criminal background report does not automatically disqualify the applicant from obtaining a license, registration or certification. The respective licensing board will make a decision on a case-by-case basis.

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