Major controversy has faced ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft across the country and notably in, Austin, TX. Austin officials banned Uber from operating in the city because Uber refused to comply with the city requirement to perform fingerprint background checks on all of their drivers arguing that name-based background checks at county courts are sufficient to ensure the safety of their passengers.
Ride-share companies are not the only professions that are subject to ordinances from government agencies to utilize fingerprint background checks. In fact, it may come as a surprise just how many industries are subject to the requirement for employment or licenses, some are not so surprising:
- Funeral Directors
- Talent Agents
- Boxing Promoters
- Truck Drivers
- Lottery Ticket Vendors
- Mortgage Lenders
- Department of Family & Protective Service employees
- Home Health care providers & other Health Professionals
- Taxi cab drivers
It is easy to decipher from the list that governments require those with special access to children, the elderly, the disabled or with access to any person in a vulnerable state be required to undergo this extra measure of protection.