Records & Identification

RecordsOverview / Mission

The Records and Identification Bureau provides efficient and responsive criminal information, regulatory and fingerprint services to the criminal justice community and the public.


The Records and Identification Bureau consists of the following sections:

Criminal History Records Section (Central State Repository)

  • Operates 24 hours/7 days including weekends and holidays
  • Maintains over 1.4 million active criminal history records.
  • Maintains over 74,000 active warrants for the DPS; the Arizona Department of Liquor License and Control and the Motor Vehicle Department.
  • Administers the State’s Review & Challenge Program which allows a person to review their Arizona criminal record for completeness and accuracy upon submission of fingerprints.
  • Respond to over 2.7 million requests annually for criminal history record information.
  • Conducts the biannual synchronization audit of the Arizona criminal records that are contained in the FBI’s Interstate Identification Index.
  • Researches incomplete or missing disposition information at the request of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in support of the lawful transfer of firearms.
  • Enters over 450,000 arrest dispositions annually into the Arizona Computerized Criminal History (ACCH) system.

For additional information click the link: Requesting Criminal History Records.

Sex Offender Compliance Team

The Arizona Department of Public Safety, Sex Offender Compliance Team, is responsible for:

  • The operation of Arizona’s Sex Offender Registry.
  • Conducting annual address verifications for all registered sex offenders.
  • Maintaining the Sex Offender Website.

For additional information, please visit the Arizona Sex Offender Information Website.

Arizona Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AZAFIS)

The Records and Identification Bureau is responsible for:

  • Managing the day-to-day operations in support of the automated fingerprint identification needs of Arizona and other criminal justice agencies.
  • Identifying criminals through the processing of fingerprints as the central sites for the statewide AZAFIS.
  • Operating the central fingerprint repository for Arizona.

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Access Integrity Unit (AIU)

AIU’s mission is to ensure statewide compliance with federal regulations and state statutes governing access, use and dissemination of accurate and complete criminal justice information, to collect and report statewide crime statistical information and to assist law enforcement and criminal justice agencies.

  • Maintains the statewide Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program by collecting crime statistics from Arizona law enforcement agencies and publishing an annual Crime in Arizona report.
  • Forwards Arizona UCR statistical information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for incorporation into the national Crime in the United States annual publication.
  • Coordinates activities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) for the state.
  • Conducts federally and state mandated training for employees from Arizona law enforcement and justice agencies on the use of the criminal justice information.
  • Coordinates the statewide terminal operator certification (TOC) program for Arizona Criminal Justice Information System (ACJIS) network users.
  • Coordinates requests for ACJIS terminal access to authorized law enforcement and criminal justice agencies.
  • Conducts federally and state mandated operational audits of the ACJIS network users’ agencies to verify adherence to privacy and security regulations and to ensure data integrity of criminal justice information.
  • Coordinates and conducts criminal history record reviews by each county to ensure each reporting entity is submitting arrest card and deposition information to the Arizona Central State Repository.

For further information, please contact the Access Integrity Unit at: (602) 223-2488.