Reasons for a Fingerprint Card in Arizona

In the state of Arizona, many professionals are required to have a fingerprint clearance card in substitute of, or along with, their professional license or certification. Some employers require potential employees to get a fingerprint card before employment. The card is small and laminated, like a drivers license, and it is used to verify that the person is capably of being legal and reliable on the job. The card is one way of an employer checking a potential employee’s criminal background, or lack thereof.

Who is Required to Get a Fingerprint Clearance Card?

a fingerprint for a fingerprint card applicationProfessionals and even volunteers are sometimes required to get a fingerprint clearance card. The following are the majority of professionals and fields that require a fingerprint card in Arizona:

  • Assisted-living-facility managers
  • Board of Dental Examiners
  • Board of Fingerprinting members and employees
  • Charter school employment
  • Child care home provider
  • Child day care
  • Child nutrition program
  • Child Protective Services employment
  • Child welfare and adolescent behavioral health treatment
  • Contractors, subcontractors, or vendors for public or charter schools Department of Economic Security employment
  • Department of Emergency and Military Affairs employment
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Domestic-violence-shelter employment
  • Exceptional student services program
  • Foster home licensure
  • Health-science students and clinical assistants
  • Home-health-agency employment
  • Homeless-shelter employment
  • JOBS/WIA programs
  • Nursing-care-institution administrators
  • Real-estate licensure
  • Residential- or nursing-care-institution employment
  • Teacher certification
  • Volunteer foster grandparent program

How Do I Obtain a Fingerprint Clearance Card?

In order to receive a fingerprint card, you must submit an application to The Fingerprint Division of the Department of Public Safety. If your employer does not provide the application packet, you can obtain one directly from the Division. You must also submit a full set of your fingerprints as the division does not take its applicants’ fingerprints. Once you’ve submitted your application, the Division will conduct a background check. They will also conduct periodic state criminal history checks depending on your employment.

The card costs $69 for a paid employees and teacher certification and $65 for volunteers. It takes around 3 to 5 weeks to process the card after the Division receives your application.