Arizona criminal background checks can only be requested by government agencies and nonprofit organizations in accordance with Arizona statute § 41-1750(G). These authorized agencies can obtain an individual’s criminal history by submitting the subject’s fingerprints to the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS). Some companies/agencies require an employee to obtain a Fingerprint Clearance Card, which the employee can acquire through the Applicant Clearance Card Team (ACCT) at the DPS. Any individual who has been told they need a Fingerprint Clearance Card must contact the ACCT at (602) 223-2279.
Any individual has the ability to access their personal criminal record for the purpose of assuring the record’s accuracy and completeness. This can be accomplished by completing and submitting the Record Review Packet to the DPS along with a set of fingerprints.
Laws – § 41-1750
Cost – Free (for individual’s conducting a personal search)/$65-67 for Fingerprint Clearance Cards
Step 1 – Download Record Review Packet
A person looking to view their personal criminal records can download, complete and submit the Record Review Packet to the DPS.
Step 2 – Fingerprint Form
Form FD-258 must be complete with the appropriate personal information as well as the subject’s ten (10) fingerprints.
Step 3 – Contact Information
The individual must enter their name, full address, and telephone number into the contact information form.
Step 4 – Review
A checklist is provided on the last page of the packet. Select all the boxes to ensure the packet has been completed in its entirety.
Step 5 – Mail Packet
The Record Review Packet must be sent to the following mailing address:
- Arizona Department of Public Safety
Criminal History Records Unit
PO Box 18450
Phoenix, AZ 85005-8450
A copy of the individual’s criminal record, if any, will be mailed approximately two (2) weeks after the Packet is received.