Please note, the background check information on the Region 8 page has been updated to reflect the use of a new vendor by the Commonwealth of PA for the FBI fingerprint based checks. I was told that checks are taking 4-6 weeks – so please plan ahead. Checks are still good for 5 years (note, when the law changed we required new checks, so while there was technically a change at this point it should be that everyone has a “new” check – i.e., all three pieces – and if that is the case you don’t need a new one until the applicable 5-year period is up). The code for the new vendor is 1KG6ZJ. Please see the appropriate page for more information.