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New Electronic Process for Background Checks for Child Care Workers.


A criminal background check is required by law for all persons who provide child care in North Carolina. This process is now made easier with an online application process. You may now access it at

All individuals who reside in a family child care home and are age 16 and older must also complete a criminal background check, regardless of whether they are caring for children or not. 

Each prospective child care operator and provider (which includes any household member, age 16 and older), must complete the criminal background check (CBC) and receive a valid CBC Qualification letter prior to:

  • Being hired by a child care facility
  • Receiving a license to own or operate a child care facility
  • Becoming a household member of a family child care home (FCCH) or center located in a residence
  • Moving into a FCCH or center located in a residence
  • Working as a substitute in a child care facility
  • Working as an uncompensated provider who will be counted in staff/child ratio or left alone with children in a child care facility.