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Background Check

Fingerprint Based Criminal History Record Information Check

The Mississippi Statute 73-53-11 requires a fingerprint based criminal history record information check and a sex offender registry check for each applicant for licensure. The checks must be obtained from the appropriate governmental authority or authorities and must be received by the Board within one-hundred eighty (180) day of the completed application. The information received from the FBI fingerprint check is valid six (6) months from the date stamped received in the Board's office. The appropriate governmental authority is the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Criminal Information Center (CIC) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

The fingerprint criminal history and sex offender registry checks apply to an applicant seeking licensure or reinstatement as a Licensed Social Worker (LSW), Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Marriage Family Therapist Associate (LMFTA) and Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT).

Beginning January 1, 2011, the Board of Examiners will require that applicants complete a “Request for Fingerprint Card Form” that is located on the Board’s website at www.swmft.ms.gov and mail it to the Board’s Office The Board will charge a processing fee of $50.00 to process background checks. The fee is payable by money order or cashier’s check to the Mississippi Board of Examiners for SW/MFT. 


"FINGERPRINT CHECKS ARE FOR NEW APPLICANTS, RECIPROCITY/ENDORSEMENTS AND REINSTATEMENTS ONLY"