HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) to modernize the insurance license application process in Pennsylvania was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf today. Pickett currently serves as majority chair of the House Insurance Committee.
“Under the new law, the license application and renewal process for insurance agents and brokers in the Commonwealth will be more efficient and quicker through the transmission of these records electronically,” said Pickett. “I am pleased we have now modernized the system and are no longer reliant on the U.S. Postal Service.”
Act 46 of 2021, formerly House Bill 1349
, modernizes the process by which the Pennsylvania Insurance Department receives national criminal history record background checks for insurance licensing purposes. Under prior law, these records were mailed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to the Pennsylvania State Police, which then must redact any non-conviction information. The new law will speed up the licensing process by allowing the department to receive the records electronically directly from the FBI.
The act takes effect in 60 days.
Representative Tina Pickett
110th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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