Fingerprint Clearance Cards
Frequently Asked Questions Pertaining to Fingerprint Clearance Cards
- Who is required to have a level one fingerprint clearance card?
- How can I obtain an application packet for an initial or renewal IVP Fingerprint Clearance Card?
- What is the fee to obtain a Fingerprint Clearance Card?
- What forms of payment are accepted?
- How long will it take to get my Fingerprint Clearance Card?
- How can I check the status of my application?
- How long is my Fingerprint Clearance Card good for?
- How long before my card expires should I send in a renewal application?
- What will my fingerprints be used for?
- Does DPS take applicant fingerprints?
- I lost my Fingerprint Clearance Card. How may I obtain a replacement?
- I am an employer. How may I check to see if a Fingerprint Clearance Card is valid?
- Where can I find out what would preclude me from obtaining a clearance card?
- Need Directions?
Who is required to have a level one fingerprint clearance card?
On July 1, 2009, the department began issuing two types of fingerprint clearance cards. This change was mandated by a change in state law. The cards are called the Level One card and the Regular card. Section 411758.07 was enacted which placed a higher eligibility standard to receive a Level One card than what is needed for a regular card. Both cards are valid for six years and fees have not changed. The following programs require a Level One fingerprint clearance card:
- DES ADOPTION 8-105
- DES FOSTER HOME LICENSURE 8-509
- DES CPS WORKER 8-802
- DES DDD WORKERS 36-594.01
- DES DEVELOPMENTAL HOME LICENSURE 36-594.02
- DES DAY CARE HOME PROVIDERS 41-1964
- DES CHILD CARE HOME PROVIDERS 41-1967.01
- DES CONTRACTORS 46-141
- DES EMPLOYEES NON-CPS 41-1968
- DES IT EMPLOYEES 41-1969
- DHS CHILD CARE FACILITY LICENSEES 36-882
- DHS CHILD CARE WORKERS 36-883.02
- DHS CHLD CARE GROUP HOME LICENSEES 36-897.01
- DHS CHILD CARE GROUP HOME EMPLOYEES 36-897.03
- BOARD OF FINGERPRINTING MEMBERS AND STAFF 41-619.5
How can I obtain an application packet for an initial or renewal IVP Fingerprint Clearance Card?
You may obtain an application packet from your employer or you may request a packet directly from DPS by either calling (602) 223-2279 or faxing your request to (602) 223-2947. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
If you will be working in the education field (public or charter) and you are required to obtain a Fingerprint Clearance Card or if you will be doing student teaching or tutoring you will need to obtain an “Identity Verified Print” (IVP) Fingerprint Clearance Card, not the regular Fingerprint Clearance Card. When requesting an application packet please make sure you specify that you need the “IVP” application packet.
Effective March 19, 2012, the $69 fee will be reduced to $67. The volunteer fee will remain $65.
What forms of payment are accepted?
DPS accepts Cashier’s Checks, Money Orders or a check drawn on a business account. All forms of payment should be made payable to the AZ Department of Public Safety. State agencies may also elect to submit a State Companion Action Transfer form
How long will it take to get my Fingerprint Clearance Card?
The average processing time can vary from week to week based on the number of applications received and on whether or not the person has a criminal record. Please ensure you affix sufficient postage to the envelope and place your return address in the top left corner of the envelope.
How long before my card expires should I send in a renewal application?.
Due to unforeseen processing delays that may occur from time to time, you should begin the renewal process about six months before your current card expires.
Does DPS take applicant fingerprints?
No. An applicant can contact their local law enforcement agency to find out if they take applicant fingerprints or they may contact a private fingerprinting service.
I lost my Fingerprint Clearance Card. How may I obtain a replacement?
An application for a replacement card may be obtained by calling (602) 223-2279 or faxing your request to (602) 223-2947. A $5.00 fee will be charged per replacement card. Please allow 2 business days to process.
I am an employer. How may I check to see if a Fingerprint Clearance Card is valid?
First, never accept a Xerox copy of a card from any employee. Always require the actual laminated card. To verify if that card is valid, you may call (602) 223-2279 during normal business hours. Provide the card number, the person’s name and if possible the person’s Social Security Number.
You may also click on the link below and enter the card number or application number.
Where can I find out what would preclude me from obtaining a clearance card?
Precluding offenses for a level one fingerprint clearance card can be found in A.R.S. 41-1758.07, subsection B and C, link below. Precluding offenses for the regular fingerprint clearance card can be found in A.R.S. 41-1758.03, link below.
The Fingerprint Clearance Card Unit is located at 2320 N. 20th Avenue in Phoenix. Access to the parking area can only be made from West Lewis Ave. which is one block north of Encanto Blvd and is accessible from either 19th Ave. or 21st Ave.