The Alarm, Locksmith, and Fire Sprinkler Industry includes Monitoring, Burglar Alarm, Fire Alarm, Fire Sprinkler, Locksmithing, Access Control, Closed Circuit Television and Nurse Call.
RE: THIRD-PARTY BACKGROUND CHECKS UNDER THE ALARM, LOCKSMITH, AND FIRE SPRINKLER INDUSTRY ACT, 59 O.S. §§1800.1 et seq.
On July 13, 2016, the Alarm and Locksmith Industry Committee (Committee) determined that the Alarm, Locksmith, and Fire Sprinkler Act (Act), 59 O.S. §§1800.1, et seq., permits applicants who have resided in a state other than Oklahoma within the past ten (10) years to provide a current criminal history record check from a reliable source other than the government of those previous states of residence. The authority permitting such record checks is as follows:
Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC) 380: 75-3-2(b)(2)(A) states:
(2) Initial applications for managers, technicians, salespersons, plan and design and trainees shall be submitted to the Department (ODOL). Each applicant shall comply with the licensing procedures adopted by the Department. This registration shall be contingent on a security background investigation. Each license applicant shall provide either:
(A) An application and a current criminal history record check dated within thirty days of application from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. If the applicant has resided in any other state within the past ten (10) years, a current criminal history record check from each state of previous residence will be required. [Emphasis added.]
Title 59, Oklahoma Statutes, Section 1800.5(2) states:
The Alarm and Locksmith Industry Committee shall have the following duties and powers: . . . 2. To determine qualifications of applicants pursuant to the Alarm and Locksmith Industry Act [Emphasis added.]
Based upon the Committee’s determination, the Oklahoma Department of Labor (ODOL) has adopted the following practice, effective immediately:
● Applicants applying for a 90-day temporary license may present a current criminal history record check (i.e., background check) compiled by a third-party (e.g., a company) from any state the applicants resided in besides Oklahoma in the ten (10) years immediately preceding their applications;
●ODOL will accept such background checks in fulfillment of the requirements of OAC 380:75-3-2(b)(2)(A) unless they are determined to be unreliable by the Committee under 59 O.S. §1800.5(2); and
● Applicant must also provide a current “Quick Check” by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) to comply with OAC 380:75-3-2(b)(2)(A).
Effective January 11, 2016, test letters will no longer be issued by the ODOL. The new licensure process allows for an applicant to test at an ODOL Approved Examination Entity prior to submitting an application to the ODOL. Upon completing an exam from an Examination Entity, applicants will submit an application, required fees, fingerprint cards (Two), and a Certificate of Completion issued by an approved Examination Entity to the ODOL. Be advised, applicants will be responsible for all testing fees charged by an ODOL Approved Examination Entity. Review the complete memorandum here.
Memorandum for Applications regarding test letters and testing
RE: Burglar Alarm/Residential Fire Alarm Salesperson Temporary Licenses
Effective January 11, 2016, All individuals issued a Burglar Alarm/Residential Fire Alarm Salesperson temporary license have until April 4th to pass the appropriate exam.