Okemos, Mich. - The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has turned to Sircon Corp. and partner Thomson Prometric to streamline the state's resident licensing process.Pennsylvania insurance law requires that all individuals applying for an initial resident insurance producer license must be fingerprinted in order to facilitate background checks, which are performed by submitting fingerprint images to the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJISD) through the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP).

As of April 3, 2006, hardcopy fingerprint cards (also referred to as "wet ink" cards) are no longer being processed by the PSP and FBI as a result of the implementation of "Live Scan" technology. This requires all new candidates for licensure to be fingerprinted at a Thomson Prometric Exam Center using the "Live Scan" technology, which electronically captures and transmits fingerprints. Sircon solutions are providing the electronic process for license application and payment of fees, while Thomson Prometric does the actual fingerprinting of applicants.

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