All Arizona school employees are required by law to have a valid fingerprint clearance card, but according to the Arizona Republic, the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s fingerprint unit has a 12,000 application backlog.
This is a problem, especially for charter schools who can be fined $1,000 for every person on campus without a valid finger print clearance card.
We understand the Arizona Department of Public Safety is doing everything they can to expedited the process. So below we’ve provided a few tips for teachers and schools to help make sure their applications doesn’t get stuck in the system:
- Start your application process at least three month before your card expires or before you need to be in the classroom.
- The Arizona Department of Public Safety rejects 15.7 percent of applications annually due to poor print quality. To avoid this delay, choose a fingerprinting company that uses digital fingerprinting technology.
- Arizona teachers are required by law to have “identity verified prints.” Because of this, the company you select to scan your prints must send the prints directly to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. So be sure to bring the $67 processing charge required by the Arizona Department of Public Safety in a money order, cashier’s check or business check.
- Eight-weeks after your fingerprints are sent, call the Arizona Department of Public Safety to check on your application if you haven’t received the card or notification for its denial in the mail.
Thank you to Arizona Livescan, a Phoenix-based digital fingerprinting company, for providing the tips!