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North Carolina– HB 770 (Licensing)

Issue: Occupational Licensing and Criminal History; Apprenticeships and Education

Affects:  Licensing Criteria in relation to criminal history and apprenticeships

Send comments to:  Jennifer Hatfield, jhatfield@phta.org  

Bill Summary: This bill pertains to occupational licensing and the license applicant’s criminal history.  In determining the applicant’s criminal history and whether or not it will affect the applicant obtaining a license, the licensing authority shall make their decision based on the following factors:

  • Level and seriousness of crime
  • Date of the crime
  • Age of the applicant at the time of the crime
  • Circumstances surrounding the commission of the crime, if known
  • Correlation between the criminal conduct and the prospective duties of the applicant as a licensee
  • Prison, jail, probation, parole, rehabilitation, and employment records of the applicant since the date the crime was committed
    • The completion of, or active participation in, rehabilitative drug or alcohol treatment.
    • A Certificate of Relief granted pursuant to G.S. 15A-173.2.
  • Subsequent commission of a crime by the applicant
  • Any affidavits or other written documents, including character references

If an applicant was granted a Certificate of Relief, then the certificate must be considered favorably by the board.

An occupational licensing board shall take into consideration apprenticeships and education/trainings when determining licenses.  The board shall grant a license to any applicant who completes an apprenticeship approved by the State and who passes a licensing examination. 

Status: This bill was signed by the Governor July 8, 2019 with an effective date of October 1, 2019.

Final version: https://www.ncleg.gov/Sessions/2019/Bills/House/PDF/H770v5.pdf