The Arizona Public Safety Department website is located here. The website is easy to navigate and it is easy to find the information that you need. To access the criminal records the link is found under the left-most category which is Online Services. From there you can click on the Records Requests, which will bring you to the page for Public Records Requests.
You will find three sections for available records. The first section lists public records offenses, incidents and arrest police reports, radio and 911 logs and tapes, certified records, civil subpoena duces tecum (subpoena for production of evidences) and other records, except accident reports and their accompanying photographs.
The second section deals with public safety department records such as accident reports, citations, warning and repair orders, offense reports and photograph requests.
The third section is the criminal history records where you will find the criminal history record reviews, background checks for employers, and local and national clearance letters. The page provides detailed instructions on how to obtain the following:
For employer background check, should this be part of the required documents you have to submit for employment purposes within Arizona, the department advices the concerned party to get in touch with the Applicant Team by calling (602) 223-2223. For a fingerprint clearance card, again for employment purposes, the employee should get in touch with the Applicant Clearance Card Team at phone numbers (602) 223-2279.
The department is not allowed to provide a clearance letter if a person wishes to immigrate, get a visa or provide the proper clearance for foreign adoption. Instructions on how the clearance is obtained are provided by calling the Criminal History Records Section at phone number (602) 223-2222.
A citizen of Arizona who wants to review his/her Arizona criminal record is required to complete a Record Review Instruction Packet. You can find instructions online by going to the Record Review Instruction Packet page or call (602) 223-2222. The review of personal criminal record is only allowed to check the accuracy and completeness of the record on file and to amend it if needed. A review packet can be requested from the Criminal History Records Section, phone number (602) 223-2000. It includes the instructions on how to correctly provide the fingerprints on a blank fingerprint card, a contact information sheet, as well as a pre-addressed return envelope.
An attorney may represent an individual requesting a review of his own criminal record provided the attorney submits a notarized letter of authorization from the requesting party. The response from the Section will be mailed to the requesting party as well as the copy of any existing criminal record within 15 working days after receipt of the review packet. The identity and address of the person who made the request will not be included in the mailed response.
If you are looking for the sex offenders list, you can get a copy from the department upon payment of $25. Instructions are available online on how to purchase the list.
If you would like to secure copies of Arizona background checks and criminal records, follow the instructions below:
Call the Criminal History Records Section at (602) 223-2000 and request a Record Review Packet.
Complete the Record Review Packet, which will include guidelines, a blank fingerprint card, contact information form, and a pre-addressed envelope.
Ensure your fingerprint card isn't bent or folded, and mail in the pre-addressed envelope provided to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Criminal History Records Section.
More information can be obtained by contacting the office below:
Arizona Department of Public Safety
Criminal History Records Section
2102 W. Encanto Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85009
If you would like to find out more information about inmates housed in Arizona arrests, start your search at the Arizona Department of Corrections for Arizona arrest records. The easiest method of accessing Arizona arrest records is to utilize the ADC Inmate Datasearch. This online program allows you to view records on current and inactive inmates.
In order to access the online version of Arizona arrest records, follow these steps:
Visit the Arizona Department of Corrections and utilize their online Arizona Inmate Database.
Input either the inmate's ADC number or last name. For name searches, you can also refine the search by selecting the appropriate gender and current status.
You can also contact the ADC for information on Arizona arrest records by emailing them at Paccess@azcorrections.gov.
For further assistance, you may contact the Arizona Department of Corrections using the information below:
Arizona Department of Corrections
1601 W. Jefferson
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Where to Locate Arizona Criminal Records
The Central State Repository for Arizona criminal records is maintained by the Criminal History Records section. Law enforcement agencies are required to update the Criminal History Records section with arrest and disposition records.
Who Can Obtain Arizona Background Checks?
Arizona restricts its criminal records, meaning only authorized law enforcement and criminal justice agencies may obtain Arizona criminal records and background checks. Individuals who want to review their personal criminal history must fill out a record review packet.
Arizona's Record Review Packet
Individuals may review personal criminal records only for accuracy and must request a record review packet by calling the Criminal History Records Section. The packet will contain directions, a blank fingerprint card, an information form and an addressed return envelope. There is no fee for this service. A challenge form will be mailed with your results in case your criminal record inaccurate.