Board of Nursing

Fingerprint Background Checks

Register and get printed at least two weeks after you submit your application to the Board

Step 1: Go to www.machs.mo.gov and register using the 4 digit registration number of 0001 (three zeroes followed by a one). After you register, you will receive a TCN number. You will want to register with the fingerprint portal.

Step 2: Write down your TCN number.

Step 3: Click on Fingerprint Sites near the top of the web site at www.machs.mo.gov to find a fingerprint location. Once you click on Fingerprint Sites, a map will be displayed. Click on the county you desire, then click on a preferred location. You will then see the location address and hours of operation.

Step 4: Take your TCN number and a valid government issued ID with you to the fingerprint location.

Step 5: Get your prints taken and obtain a fingerprinting receipt.

Step 6: Retain your receipt for your records.

If you DO NOT register online first and take your TCN number with you to the fingerprint location, you WILL experience long wait times.

If you are not in Missouri and do not wish to drive to a Missouri fingerprint location, you still need to register as indicated in step 1 above. We recommend that you make payment online. You will then need to go to a law enforcement agency and obtain two inked fingerprint cards captured on a standard FBI-258 applicant fingerprint card. Write down the TCN number on the back of your Fingerprint Cards. Mail your cards to: 3M Cogent, Missouri CardScan, 5025 Bradenton Ave, Suite A, Dublin, OH 43017. To protect your identity, we recommend that you never put outgoing mail containing your personal identifying information in your mailbox. You should take it directly to a post office or drop it in a postal box. Do not mail the fingerprint cards to our office; we will destroy the cards and you will have to get printed again.

The total fee is $44.80. This includes a State of Missouri search, a FBI search and the Cogent fee. Cogent is the state's vendor that processes fingerprints.