The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) May 2 launched pilot project with five states to store electronic fingerprints of licensed insurance producers.
The criteria for being involved in the pilot is that the state currently conducts electronic background checks on insurance producers and has enabling authority to access the FBI's Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) and Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) database. Pilot states include: Alaska, California, Idaho, New York and Pennsylvania.
Participating states use authorized vendors to transmit producers' electronic fingerprints to their state insurance departments and appropriate state law enforcement entities. The digital fingerprints will also be sent to the NAIC's centralized repository, where the prints will be retained in a separate, secure database to access for future use. Indication that prints have been received for a producer will be made in the State Producer Licensing Database (SPLD).
"The initial phase of the project will focus on submission of producers' prints to a centralized location, which facilitates the criminal background check process and promotes greater efficiencies and consumer protections in the licensing of producers," said Linda Brunette, chair of the Fingerprint Subgroup of the Producer Licensing Working Group of the NAIC.
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