(a) In order to make a determination of license eligibility, the commissioner may require fingerprints of applicants and to submit the fingerprints and the fee required to perform the criminal history record checks to the Alabama Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for state and national criminal history record checks.
(b) The commissioner may require a criminal history record check on each applicant in accordance with this section. The commissioner shall require each applicant to submit a full set of fingerprints, including a scanned file from a hard copy fingerprint, in order for the commissioner to obtain and receive national criminal history records from the Criminal Justice Information Services Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In the case of business entity applicants, the commissioner shall require the submission of fingerprints of all of the following:
(1) All executive officers and directors of the applicant.
(2) Any individual owning, directly or indirectly, 51 percent or more of the outstanding voting securities of the applicant.
(3) All executive officers and directors of entities owning 51 percent or more of the outstanding voting securities of the applicant.
(c) The commissioner may contract for the collection, transmission, and resubmission of fingerprints required under this section. If the commissioner does so, the fee for collecting, transmitting, and retaining fingerprints shall be payable directly to the contractor by the person. The commissioner may agree to a reasonable fingerprinting fee to be charged by the contractor.
(d) The commissioner may receive criminal history record information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in lieu of the information being submitted to the Alabama Department of Public Safety.
(e) The commissioner shall treat and maintain an applicant's fingerprints and any criminal history record information obtained under this section as confidential and shall apply security measures consistent with the Criminal Justice Information Services Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation standards for the electronic storage of fingerprints and necessary identifying information and limit the use of records solely to the purposes authorized in this section. The fingerprints and any criminal history record information shall not be subject to subpoena, other than one issued in a criminal action or investigation, and shall be confidential.
(f) The commissioner, by regulation, may provide for the delayed enforcement of this section for up to 24 months April 8, 2014, to allow for implementation.