Email: Chapter 29, Article 3D, Section 6
§29-3D-6. Denial, suspension and revocation of license.
(a) The State Fire Marshal may deny a license to any applicant who fails to comply with the rules established by the State Fire Marshal, or who lacks the necessary qualifications. When considering whether an applicant possesses the qualifications for a license, the State Fire Marshal shall consider whether an applicant’s prior criminal convictions bear a rational nexus on the license being sought.
(1) The State Fire Marshal may not disqualify an applicant from initial licensure because of a prior criminal conviction that remains unreversed unless that conviction is for a crime that bears a rational nexus to the activity requiring licensure. In determining whether a criminal conviction bears a rational nexus to a profession or occupation, the State Fire Marshal shall consider at a minimum:
(A) The nature and seriousness of the crime for which the individual was convicted;
(B) The passage of time since the commission of the crime;
(C) The relationship of the crime to the ability, capacity, and fitness required to perform the duties and discharge the responsibilities of the profession or occupation; and
(D) Any evidence of rehabilitation or treatment undertaken by the individual.
(2) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, if an applicant is disqualified from licensure because of a prior criminal conviction, the State Fire Marshal shall permit the applicant to apply for initial licensure if:
(A) A period of five years has elapsed from the date of conviction or the date of release from incarceration, whichever is later;
(B) The individual has not been convicted of any other crime during the period of time following the disqualifying offense; and
(C) The conviction was not for an offense of a violent or sexual nature: Provided, That a conviction for an offense of a violent or sexual nature may subject an individual to a longer period of disqualification from licensure, to be determined by the State Fire Marshal.
(3) An individual with a criminal record who has not previously applied for licensure may petition the State Fire Marshal at any time for a determination of whether the individual’s criminal record will disqualify the individual from obtaining a license. This petition shall include sufficient details about the individual’s criminal record to enable the State Fire Marshal to identify the jurisdiction where the conviction occurred, the date of the conviction, and the specific nature of the conviction.
(b) The State Fire Marshal may, upon complaint or upon his or her own inquiry, and after notice to the licensee, suspend or revoke a licensee’s license if:
(1) The license was granted upon an application or documents supporting the application which materially misstated the terms of the applicant’s qualifications or experience;
(2) The licensee subscribed or vouched for a material misstatement in his or her application for licensure; or
(3) The licensee incompetently or unsafely performs fire protection work or damper work.