WA licensure - fingerprint results taking forever?

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by lolo724 lolo724 (New) New Nurse

I'm hoping others applying for initial licensure in WA might tell me their timeline for their permanent license?

I'm applying from out of state and have had everything submitted and my temporary permit for a while. I sent my FBI fingerprints in on May 10th, the check was cashed May 20th. It is now July 31st and I still don't have my permanent license.

I did not expect this to take this long, and I'm getting nervous as I need my permanent license to be able to apply for an NPI which is a requirement to start my job.

Anyone else experiencing long waits for their background check results?

Jadebsn

Jadebsn, BSN

Specializes in OR Circulator RN- CNOR. Has 5 years experience. 20 Posts

Wow, I am sorry this is happening to you! I hate to say this, but my fingerprints were rejected for bad quality and it took some time for them to notify me. I don't know if this is the case, but I didn't have to pay the place that took my fingerprints for the second try. I would recommend calling the place that took them and see if they are willing to do another set for you or to track your application?

Also, have you called the WA Nurse License Dept yet? They actually have LIVE people that answer the phone, it's amazing. Maybe someone in their dept can help you expedite the wait? Don't know if this is helpful, but I did go through something similar.

Samian Q

Samian Q

210 Posts

I have a question about the fingerprints process. So I got an email for the fingerprinting (I'm a Texas RN) and on the FD258 form there's a box that says "SIGNATURE OF OFFICIAL TAKING FINGERPRINTS".  Do I also sign that box? I was under the impression that we only get them signed at a center if we're in Washington State itself, otherwise we can just do it at home.

Jadebsn

Jadebsn, BSN

Specializes in OR Circulator RN- CNOR. Has 5 years experience. 20 Posts

Hmm...I had an agent do them (at an agency I paid to submit prints), but I am under the impression if you do them by yourself at home, that you are to sign yourself.

Samian Q

Samian Q

210 Posts

They got back to me today by email stating thusly:

"Good morning

 

You do need to go in to a certified fingerprinting location.   They will need the official’s signature.

 

 

If you have any other questions, please reach out."

 

So not only do I have to pay them $34.25, I also have to pay a separate fee to someone to do my fingerprinting in person... grrr