New State Background Check Requirements adopted by the AQB


March 25, 2015

Beginning on January 1st, 2017 the AQB will require that all applicants for a real property appraiser credential shall possess a background that would not call into question public trust.  This language, along with the new AQB Guide Note (GN-9), states that applicants will be required to provide state regulatory agencies with all information and documents necessary for the jurisdiction to determine an applicant's fitness for licensure or certification.

In 2011 the AQB had adopted requirements that included background screening which had included a fingerprint background check to be performed by the states. The modifications to the rule allow states to perform the background screening  by simply asking candidates for an appraisal credential if they have any events (convictions or other) that may disqualify them from the license or credential.

Applicants who have been found guilty or pleaded to a crime within the five-year period preceding the date of application, if that crime calls into question the applicant's fitness for licensure, will be disqualified from obtaining an appraiser credential.

You can review the new background check requirements as they were proposed as well as Guide Note 9 (GN-9) online by clicking here.

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