An Arizona Central Registry Exception is needed for individuals who are listed on the CPS central registry. The Arizona Board of Fingerprinting determines whether to grant a central registry exception after an expedited review or after a central registry exception hearing. After receiving an application for a central registry exception the Board will conduct an expedited review. This occurs within twenty days of receiving the application.
Arizona Central Registry Hearing
The Board may grant a central registry exception at a hearing if the individual can show the Board the person has been successfully rehabilitated. The Board may also consider the person’s criminal record when determining if a person has been successfully rehabilitated or not.
After the hearing the Board will either grant or deny a central registry exception. This usually happens within eighty days after the hearing.
Central Registry Hearing Factors
Before granting a central registry exception at a hearing the Board can and or will consider all of the following in accordance with Board rule:
- Extent of the person’s central registry records.
- The length of time that has elapsed since the abuse or neglect occurred.
- Nature of the abuse or neglect.
- Any applicable mitigating circumstances.
- Degree to which the person participated in the abuse or neglect.
- The extent of the person’s rehabilitation, including:
- Evidence of positive action to change the person’s behavior, such as completion of counseling or a drug treatment, domestic violence or parenting program.
- Personal references attesting to the person’s rehabilitation.
How Long does the Arizona Central Registry Process Take?
The length of the process depends on a number of factors. Once the Board receives a complete application package, including the criminal records ordered from the DPS, the Board will conduct an expedited review. This usually occurs within twenty days of receiving the package and records.
At the expedited review, the Board either grants a fingerprint clearance card or schedules a hearing. If the applicant needs to appear at a hearing, the process can take an additional three to four months.
Other factors that may affect the length of processing time include the following, among others:
- If your application is complete on submission. An incomplete application package will delay your appeal.
- The amount of time you spend completing your application.