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South Carolina Healthcare Background Check

South Carolina state law requires federal and state-wide legal background checks to be performed on those who apply for recertification or certification to become the profession of an EMT (at any level).

DHEC has given a business named Integrated Biometric Technologies (IBT) to serve as the state's agent and carry out background checks and fingerprints.

You can arrange for an IBT police background check and your fingerprints taken by IBT:

Step 1: Open Step 1: Download the IBT Criminal Background Check application (doc).

Fill out this form. Print it and store it in a secure place. You must bring this form with you to your appointment in person and to your fingerprinting appointment at IBT.

Step 2: Book your appointment online on IBT's website. 

Choose English instead of Spanish.

Scroll down to EMT Certification/Recertification and click "Go."

Follow the instructions displayed on screen, finish the application and schedule an appointment.

Print your confirmation, and then put it on your application.

(If you cannot make the appointment online, please dial the number in the IBT application form.)

Third Step. Take these things to the appointment you have scheduled with IBT:

An active South Carolina driver's license or South Carolina identification card

Suppose you hold an out-of-state driver's license. In that case, you need to carry two additional types of ID like the Social Security Card, passport, marriage license, birth certificate, or U.S. military ID card.

The IBT completed the application form.

The confirmation page for appointments (if you made an appointment online).




Step 4: At the time of your appointment, you'll complete the fingerprinting process. Pay the fee and get an invoice. Save the receipt. It can be used to check compliance before applying for certification or recertification through DHEC.

The 5th step: DHEC is expected to receive the background check result within 48 hours from SLED and the FBI. If there's a problem regarding the findings, we'll inform you. For example, suppose you don't receive an email within two weeks of sending your fingerprints. In that case, you can think that there are none of the results in your background check that would negatively influence your chances of being certified (or renewed) in the capacity of the EMT through DHEC. Learn more about the South Carolina healthcare background check


If you fail to pass an in-depth Criminal background check, you will not be able to obtain a certification to work in South Carolina.

It's because, in 2008, it was in the year 2008 that the S.C. legislature revised the S.C. EMS Act to oblige all EMTs to pass an in-depth background check before receiving recognition or recertification from DHEC.

Anyone who is seeking an EMT certificate or recertification needs to undergo a state-wide criminal records check, backed by fingerprints, conducted by SLED South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), as well as an international criminal record check, backed with fingerprints, performed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The outcomes of these criminal record checks should be disclosed directly to the agency*. SLED has the authority to store the fingerprints for certification purposes and inform the Department of criminal charges. [...]"

Section 44-61-80 S.C. EMS Act


Certain types of criminal activity could hinder certification.

People who are convicted or placed being indicted for the below crimes will not be able to be convicted in all instances:

Criminal sexual assault is a crime;

Criminal offenses involving sexual or physical abuse of children, the elderly, or the disabled, which includes, among others, the criminally-involved sexual assault of the child, taking or distribution of child pornography or using a child for an incestuous display, sexual activity with a child, or attack on an adult who is vulnerable;

A crime is committed when one of the victims is a member or resident in the health facility, which includes negligence, abuse, theft from, or financial abuse of a patient or resident entrusted to protect or care for the person who is applying for the.

*Requests from people who have been found guilty of or in an indictment for other offenses not in the category.

What is listed above will be evaluated in the Department on a case-by basis?

Updated on 2022-11-04 19:33:49 by larry coleman

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