Do I have to self-report an arrest to my licensing board or agency in North Carolina? The answer to that question like many others, unfortunately, is it really depends on your state board or licensing agency. Here’s the thing though: there are arrests and then there are convictions. There are arrests for something like a DUI. There are arrests for assault and/or battery. There are arrests for a wide variety of things, ranging anywhere from extremely low on the misdemeanor scale to felonies.
So even if you are arrested and you have mandatory reporting for your board or state agency, you may or may not have to even report that arrest. If you do have to report it, the timing of your self-report also varies by board or agency. Some boards or state agencies may say you have to report the arrest or conviction on your next renewal application. Others will say, per statute or administrative code, that you have to report an arrest within a certain amount of time. For example, if it is a DWI with the Board of Nursing, mandatory self-reporting has to be done within 30 days of the arrest. [N.C.G.S. § 90-171.37C]. Ultimately, whether you have to report your arrest or conviction is very specific to your profession and whoever is regulating it, whether board or state agency.