The waiting period for a background check in Missouri went from between two and four weeks to between two and four seconds after the Missouri State Highway Patrol introduced a new online background screening system, KTVI-TV reports. Background checks will be available to the public through the highway patrol's website for $10 per check, the station reports. Previously, individuals would have to send in background screening requests to the patrol's office, where results could have taken up to a month to receive. KSDK-TV reports that the new online system mirrors a program created bythe highway patrol's office that would quickly alert residents if a registered sex offender was living or employed in their neighborhood. The new Missouri Automated Criminal History Site may have far-reaching consequences. Employers can receive fast identity verification of prospective employees, but it may be best served for individuals who want to research the potential criminal history of someone working in their homes, such as a nanny, cleaning service or contractor. The quick results can allow homeowners to make the best choices for both personal and financial security.