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Fingerprint Clearance FAQs

Q: Can the learner enroll in any course that requires practicum/field experience hours without a fingerprint clearance card?
A: No

Q: How can the learner obtain an application packet for an initial or renewal Fingerprint Clearance?
A: Learners may request a packet directly from the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) by either calling 602.223.2279 or faxing your request to 602.223.2947. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm
If learners intend to work in the education field (public or charter) and are required to obtain a Fingerprint Clearance Card or if they will complete student teaching or provide tutoring, they will need to obtain an "Identity Verified Print" (IVP) Fingerprint Clearance Card, not the regular fingerprint clearance card. When requesting an application packet, please ensure you specify that you need the "IVP" application packet.

Q: What is the fee to obtain a Fingerprint Clearance Card?
A: $67.00 currently

Q: What forms of payment are accepted?
A: 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 Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Q: How long will it take to get the Fingerprint Clearance Card?
A: The average processing time is four (4) to eight (8) weeks, depending 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.

Q: How long is my Fingerprint Clearance Card good for?
A: Cards are valid for six years.

Q: For what purpose are fingerprints used?
A: Fingerprints will be used to obtain both a state and federal criminal records check.

Q: Does DPS take an applicant's fingerprints?
A: No. An applicant can contact a local law enforcement agency to find out if they take applicant fingerprints or they may contact a private fingerprinting service.

Q: How does one obtain a replacement Fingerprint Clearance Card if it has been lost?
A: An application for a replacement card may be obtained by calling 602.223.2279 or faxing a request to 602.223.2947. A $5.00 fee will be charged per replacement card.

Q: Where can I find out what would preclude me from obtaining a clearance card?
A: 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, links as follows.
A.R.S. 41-1758.03

A.R.S. 41-1758.07

Q: How can an international student without a social security number obtain a Fingerprint Clearance Card?
A: An international student will need to apply for an Arizona Fingerprint Card. DPS uses the fingerprints to obtain the state and federal criminal records check; a social security number is not required. Learners leave the social security number blank on the application form.