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Background Checks

Criminal Background Check text 
Background checks are required for all individuals associated with the facilities overseen by the Health Facilities Licensing & Certification Program as defined in the Criminal Background Check Regulations below.
All background check applications go through the Department’s Background Check Unit (BCU) and any questions should be routed to them.

Background Check Statutes and Regulations:

Background Check Statutes:
The current statute governing the background checks system used by the Department of Health is AS 47.05.300–47.05.390.
Background Check Regulations:
The current regulation which provides a common, consistent definition of barrier conditions for all programs 7 AAC 10.9​00-7 AAC 10.990​.

Background Variance Request

Individuals: In the event you receive notification form the background unit stating you have been issued a “Not Eligible” determination a variance request may be submitted.  Either you or your current or proposed employer may submit a variance request. If you want to apply for a variance online, you​ can go to the Alaska Background Check Unit. You may also request a paper copy of the application from your employer or form the Variance Committee by contacting 907-334-4475 or​.
Facilities: Facilities who wish to request a variance for an employee with a "not eligible" determination should complete the variance request form and submit it by email to

Variance Continuation Request:

If an applicant currently has an approved variance, facilities may complete the Variance Continuation Review Form below. This application may be used to continue\extend an application that is expiring soon and to transfer the variance to another facility.

Completed continuation review forms must be submitted to and​. Following a review, the facility will receive a letter with the determination

If you have any further questions, please contact the Background Check Program at 907-334-4475