Hanover: New bylaw would require background checks on vendors

The town of Hanover needs federal approval after passing new regulations requiring certain vendors to be fingerprinted and undergo background checks.

The idea is to give licensing boards access to out-of-state criminal records and to keep applicants from passing a check by stealing another person’s identity.

The regulations apply to ice cream truck vendors, cabbies, solicitors, pawnbrokers, and anyone who sells liquor.

They could pay a 100-dollar annual fee to get fingerprinted.

Hanover is not yet in the state database of communities approved for civil fingerprinting because still has to meet several requirements, including approval of the bylaw from the state attorney general and the F-B-I.

A handful of Massachusetts communities have already received the approval.

Hanover would be the first on the South Shore.

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