- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona is launching a new electronic service to allow people applying for state credentials to be foster parents and work in various occupations to submit their fingerprints electronically for required background checks.

The Department of Public Safety says electronic submissions of so-called “clearance cards” could shorten the processing time by several weeks, allowing people to begin new jobs or assume other responsibilities sooner.

The new system requires a user to visit a website (https://goo.gl/NkEp24 ), open an account, complete an application, make an appointment to have their fingerprints scanned at participating vendors and pay a $7.95 “convenience fee.”

Various states around the country already use the technology.

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