WHO IS REQUIRED TO HAVE A LEVEL ONE FINGERPRINT CLEARANCE CARD?
The Department issues two types of fingerprint clearance cards: Regular and IVP, and two sub-types: Level I and non-Level I. A higher eligibility standard is required to receive a Level I card than what is needed for a non-Level I card. When a regular or IVP application is received, if the applicant is eligible for a Level I card it will be issued automatically. It is not necessary to select Level I on the application. If the applicant is not eligible for a Level I card, a non-Level I card will be issued. All cards are valid for six years.
The following programs require a Level I fingerprint clearance card:
- DES Certified Child Care Provider & NCRP (ARS § 41-1964 & 46-141)
- DES CCR&R Registered Home (ARS § 41-1967.01)
- DES DAAS (ARS § 46-141)
- DES Child Welfare/Adoption Agency Employee (ARS § 46-141)
- DES DDD/HCBS (ARS § 36-594.01)
- DES DDD/Devolpmental Home Licensure (ARS § 36-594.02)
- DES CPS Employee (ARS § 8-802)
- DES Non CPS Employee (ARS § 41-1968)
- DES IT Position (ARS § 41-1969)
- DES Adoption (ARS § 8-105)
- DES Foster Home Licensure (ARS § 8-509)
- DHS Child Care Group Home; Certification, Employees or Volunteers (ARS §§ 36-897.01 & 36-897.03)
- DHS Child Care Employees and Volunteers (ARS § 36-883.02)
- DHS Child Care Facility Licensure (ARS § 36-882)
- DHS Arizona State Hospital Employee or Volunteer (ARS § 36-207)
- ARIZONA Board of Fingerprinting Members and Staff (ARS § 41-619.52)
- ARIZONA Game and Fish (ARS § 17-215)
HOW CAN I APPLY FOR AN INITIAL OR RENEWAL IVP FINGERPRINT CLEARNACE CARD?
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 student teaching or tutoring you will need to obtain an “Identity Verified Print” (IVP) fingerprint clearance card, not the regular fingerprint clearance card.
You may apply for an initial or renewal IVP fingerprint clearance card electronically.
If you are outside of Arizona, or do not have access to an internet connected device, you may alternatively obtain an IVP application packet from your employer or you may request an IVP application 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.
When applying electronically or requesting an application packet please make sure you specify that you need the “IVP” application packet. The electronic application will potentially reduce processing time by three to four weeks.
HOW CAN I APPLY FOR A REGULAR FINGERPRINT CLEARANCE CARD?
If your employer or licensing agency requires you to have a regular fingerprint clearance card, you may apply electronically.
If you are outside of Arizona, or do not have access to an internet connected device, you may alternatively obtain 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. The electronic application will potentially reduce processing time by three to four weeks.
HOW DOES THE ELECTRONIC APPLICATION PROCESS WORK?
- Visit the Electronic Fingerprint Application System website and click on the “Schedule an Appointment” button.
- If you are new to the electronic application, register for an account by entering your email address and answering a few questions. If you have previously registered, sign in with your email address and password.
- Select the reason why you need to be fingerprinted. If your employer or agency gave you a Fieldprint Code, select the Fieldprint Code option. Otherwise, select the appropriate application type based on the information given to you by your licensing, certifying, or authorizing agency, board, or employer and click on “continue.” More detailed descriptions of the application types are viewable at the link.
- Select the appropriate sponsor from the list provided. You may select up to four sponsors, but only select sponsors with whom you are licensed, certified, authorized, or employed.
- Enter your personal identification information, demographic information, and current or prospective employer, or the agency or organization which requires you to be fingerprinted.
- Read the Release of Information statement. Electronically sign by clicking the “Agree” box, typing your name, and completing the date.
- Read the FBI Privacy Statement. Electronically sign by clicking the “Agree” box, typing your name, and completing the date.
- Select your home address, your employer address, or enter a convenient address to find fingerprinting locations near you.
- Review the list of sites provided.
- Select a site and an available date and time.
- Provide electronic payment information and authorize payment.
- At your fingerprint appointment, present two forms of identification and the appointment number provided when you completed your application and scheduling online.
- The vendor will submit the electronic application along with your fingerprints directly to the DPS ACCT database.
- Your application will be processed and you will receive your clearance card and any necessary correspondence from ACCT in the mail.
WHAT IS THE FEE TO OBTAIN A FINGERPRINT CLEARANCE CARD?
Currently the fee for volunteers is $65 and the fee for all others is $67. The electronic application adds an additional convenience fee of $7.95, which includes fingerprinting at an approved vendor location. The paper application may require payment of an additional fee for fingerprinting services, dependent on which service the applicant chooses to perform the fingerprinting. Fees are subject to change at any time.
WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT ARE ACCEPTED?
The electronic application process fee may be paid electronically with credit and debit card payments, with personal check, or with money order. The paper application process fee may be paid by Cashier’s Check, money order, or a check drawn on a business account. All forms of payment with paper applications should be made payable to the AZ Department of Public Safety. State agencies and employers may establish an account for direct billing with the DPS vendor for electronic application processing. State agencies may also elect to submit a State Companion Action Transfer form for paper application processing.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR MY APPLICATION TO BE PROCESSED?
For applicants with no criminal history record the processing time averages about 3 - 5 days. Pease note, this average is subject to change at any time (can increase or decrease) dependent upon the number of applications received by DPS.
For applicants with a criminal history record (which will require research by DPS), the processing time averages about 80 - 120 days. Please note, this average is subject to change at any time (can increase or decrease) dependent upon the number of applications received by DPS.
For applicants with no criminal history record the processing time averages about 7 - 10 days. Please note, this average is subject to change at any time (can increase or decrease) dependent upon the number of applications received by DPS.
For applicants with a criminal history record (which will require research by DPS), the processing time averages about 90 - 120 days. Please note, this average is subject to change at any time (can increase or decrease) dependent upon the number of applications received by DPS.
HOW CAN I CHECK THE STATUS OF MY APPLICATION?
You may check the status of your electronic or paper application online at the link below. You will need your application number.
You may also check the status by calling (602)223-2279. Be aware there could be a wait for call center service depending on the volume of calls being handled. For electronic applications, your application status will be available as soon as your electronic application and fingerprints are submitted to the DPS ACCT by the vendor. For paper applications, your application status will be available once the application data has been manually entered by employees at ACCT. Paper applications are processed in the order they are received. Volume of applications received and mail transport time may result in several weeks when the application status is not available after the paper application is mailed to the ACCT.
HOW LONG IS MY FINGERPRINT CLEARANCE CARD GOOD FOR?
A fingerprint clearance card is valid for six years.
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.
WHAT WILL MY FINGERPRINTS BE USED FOR?
Your fingerprints will be used to obtain both a state and federal criminal history records check.
DOES DPS TAKE APPLICANT FINGERPRINTS?
DPS does not provide fingerprinting for the public. For fingerprinting services it is recommended that you contact your local police department or a professional fingerprinting services company. DPS does not provide a list of professional fingerprinting services companies or their contact information.
DOES THE ACCT PROVIDE BLANK FINGERPRINT CARDS TO INDIVIDUALS WHO REQUEST JUST THE BLANK FINGERPRINT CARD BUT DO NOT WANT AN APPLICATION TO APPLY FOR A FINGERPRINT CLEARANCE CARD?
We do not supply fingerprint cards for any purpose other than processing a fingerprint clearance card application.
MY FINGERPRINT CLEARANCE CARD HAS BEEN LOST OR STOLEN. HOW MAY I OBTAIN A REPLACEMENT?
There are three options to acquire the form to request a replacement fingerprint clearance card:
Online – Print the Clearance Card Replacement Request form accessible at the button on the left. Complete the form and mail it to DPS with the $5.00 required fee (cashier’s check, money order or check drawn on a business account). A $5 fee will be charged for each card requested.
By Phone - You may call (602)223-2279 and request a Clearance Card Replacement Request form be mailed to you. Complete the form and mail it to DPS with the $5.00 required fee (cashier’s check, money order or check drawn on a business account). A $5 fee will be charged for each card requested.
By FAX - You may submit your request for a Clearance Card Replacement Request form to (602)223-2947. Include your full name, address, telephone number, and card number in your request. Complete the form and mail it to DPS with the $5.00 required fee (cashier’s check, money order or check drawn on a business account). A $5 fee will be charged for each card requested.
I AM AN EMPLOYER; HOW MAY I CHECK TO SEE IF A FINGERPRINT CLEARANCE CARD IS VALID?
When requesting to see the employee's valid card only accept the actual printed plastic card. A photocopy is not considered proof of valid Fingerprint Clearance Card. If an employee is unable to locate their card, they can obtain a clearance card replacement request form at the link below or by calling the ACCT at (602)223-2279.
An online status check is available at the link below. You will need the card number or application number. This is a public website where application status can be verified. Click here to view the status of your application.
You may also fax a status request to the ACCT at (602)223-2947. The ACCT will respond to the fax with the status of all cards requested on this form. A response could take several days depending on the volume of requests received.
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT WHAT WOULD PRECLUDE ME FROM OBTAINING A CLEARANCE CARD?
- Precluding offenses for a Level I fingerprint clearance card can be found in ARS § 41-1758.07, subsection B and C.
- Precluding offenses for a Regular fingerprint clearance card can be found in ARS § 41-1758.03.
HOW DOES A FINGERPRINT CLEARANCE CARD BECOME SUSPENDED?
Pursuant to ARS § 41-1758.04 a card is suspended if the card holder is arrested for an offense listed in either ARS § 41-1758.03 or ARS § 41-1758.07. You can click here to read ARS § 41-1758.04.
WHAT IS A "DR - DRIVING RESTRICTED" CARD?
A person who is awaiting trial on or who has been convicted of committing or attempting to commit a misdemeanor violation of ARS §§ 28-1381, 28-1382 or 28-1383 in this state or the same or a similar offense in another state or jurisdiction within five years from the date of applying for a Level I fingerprint clearance card is precluded from driving any vehicle to transport employees or clients of the employing agency as part of the person's employment. Statutes mandate a notation be placed on the fingerprint clearance card that indicates this driving restriction. This does not preclude a person from driving a vehicle alone as part of the person's employment.
PREVIOUS TO YOUR APPLICATION PROCESS BEING COMPLETED CAN WE TELL YOU IF YOU QUALIFY FOR A CLEARANCE CARD?
No. You will have to submit your application and when the application process has been completed you will then be mailed the results.
WHAT IS THE PRIVACY STATEMENT FOR ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY'S APPLICANT CLEARANCE CARD TEAM?
In accordance with ARS §§ 41-1750(A)(2) and 41-1758 et seq., the Arizona Department of Public Safety(DPS) Applicant Clearance Card Team(ACCT) conducts fingerprint-based criminal history record checks and exchanges the fingerprint data with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Further, as required by ARS §§ 41-1750(G)(3) & 41-1758.03(F), 41-1758.07(F), DPS releases an applicant’s criminal history record to the Arizona Board of Fingerprinting upon the Arizona Board of Fingerprinting’s request for the purpose of conducting good cause exception hearings.
WHERE IS THE APPLICANT CLEARNACE CARD TEAM LOCATED?
The Fingerprint Clearance Card Unit is located at 2222 W. Encanto Blvd. in Phoenix.