The New York State Insurance Department announced that applicants for insurance licenses must submit their fingerprints electronically with their applications beginning Dec. 15.

The new requirement affects applicants living in New York State who are seeking new licenses as insurance company officers and directors, insurance adjusters, or life insurance settlement brokers.

Electronic fingerprinting will streamline the processing of background checks and speed up the Insurance Department’s ability to issue licenses the department said in announcing the policy.

Electronic fingerprinting is now available at nearly 100 sites across around the state, using the services of L-1 Identity Solutions Inc., Stamford, Conn., the department said. Information about appointments for electronic fingerprinting by L-1 can be found here.