Listen up, South Carolina dirt lawyers!
All title insurance agents must be fingerprinted for their next license renewals! The Department of Insurance has passed a new rule, effective January 1, 2017, requiring fingerprinting for all resident producers.
The DOI published a bulletin which you can read here. South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has established a contract with IdentoGo by MorphoTrust to handle the fingerprinting process. All title insurance agents will need to go to this company’s website, www.IdentoGo.com, to set up an appointment to be fingerprinted. Your zip code will be used to find the most convenient location.
It is important that you do not wait until the month your license renews to begin this process. The bulletin advises that scheduling and processing may take up to ninety days. The cost for fingerprinting is $50.50.
Every lawyer’s first question is going to be, can’t they use my fingerprints from my Bar application? The answer, we have been told verbally, is absolutely not. The DOI is emphatic that it will not accept fingerprinting from any other agency nor any other vendor. Every lawyer’s second question is going to be, does this apply to my staff members who are licensed agents? It does.
Nonresident producers are not required to be fingerprinted.
As a reminder, licenses are renewed in your birth month. If you were born in an odd-numbered year, your next renewal will be in 2017. If you were born in January or February of an odd-numbered year, you may be late if you haven’t already begun this process. For those born in even-numbered years, you are safe until 2018.
Good luck! Call your title insurance company if you have questions or need assistance.