Criminal Background Checks
Effective May 1, 2019, all new and reinstatement applicants who wish to obtain licensure from the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (the “Board”) are required to furnish a full set of fingerprints to facilitate a state and federal criminal background check. The Louisiana State Police (LSP) shall report the result of the criminal background check to the Board, which may use that information to determine the applicant’s moral character and suitability for licensing. LA R.S. 37:2659.1 authorizes the Board to conduct a criminal background check on applicants as a condition for eligibility for licensure. It is the responsibility of the applicant to read and understand the instructions below to complete a criminal background check with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Criminal background reports generated for or by another agency cannot be accepted to satisfy this requirement. The Board is not permitted to issue a grace period or license until the results of the report and a completed application have been received.
Completion time varies from 1 to 8 weeks, depending on circumstances. Criminal history rap sheet findings will extend the completion time. Note that inadequate fingerprints and incorrect payment amount (either too much or too little) will result in delays with the Louisiana State Police (LSP).
Background checks are only valid for 90 days upon receipt from the Louisiana State Police (LSP) without an application submitted to the Board. If 90 days passes without a completed application, the background check must be completely reprocessed and resubmitted.
There are two options to complete the required criminal background check:
1. In person at the Louisiana State Police Headquarters
2. By Mail to the Louisiana State Police Headquarters
Please carefully review the instruction sheet below on how to complete the criminal background check for initial and reinstatement applications. The current fee for the state and federal background check is $39.25. The fee must be made payable to "Louisiana State Police" as specified in the instruction sheet. Upon completion, the Louisiana State Police will forward the results directly to the Board office.