Louisiana Physical Therapy Board

Criminal Background Check

Effective January 1, 2016, all new applicants who which to obtain licensure from the Louisiana Physical Therapy Board (LPTB) are required to furnish a full set of fingerprints to facilitate a national criminal background check.  The Louisiana State Police shall report the result of the criminal background check to the LPTB which may use that information to determine the applicant's moral character and suitability for licensing.  La R.S. 37:2413.B. authorizes the LPTB to conduct a criminal background check on applicants as a condition for eligibility for registration.  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 LPTB is not permitted to issue any license until the results of the report have been received and approved.


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.

Option 1: Mail forms, payment, and fingerprint cards to the LSP Headquarters in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Recommended for applicants who are not able to be physically present at the LSP Headquarters. Completion time for this option is approximately 6-8 weeks.
For more information, click the “Instructions” link below and read Option A. 

Option 2: Present in-person to the LSP Headquarters in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Recommended for applicants who are able to be physically present at the LSP Headquarters. Completion time for this option is approximately 2-3 weeks.
For more information, click the “Instructions” link below and read Option B.

Option 3: Complete a Background Check Affidavit.  This option requires completion of Option 1 above.
Recommended for applicants who are not able to be physically present at the LSP Headquarters in Baton Rouge, but are in need of a license sooner than 8 weeks. Completion time for this option is approximately 2-3 weeks.
For more information, click the “Instructions” link below and read Option C.


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