Even if the applicant has a criminal history the Arizona Board of Fingerprinting may still issue the fingerprint clearance card if the applicant applies for and is granted an Arizona Good Cause Exception.  The applicant has strict guidelines to follow in order to win an appeal.


Arizona Fingerprint Board Criminal History

The Board applies the following criteria to the particular circumstances of your case and criminal history. The Board also considers any substantiated allegations of child abuse or neglect made by Child Protective Services or a similar child-welfare agency in another state. The Board must consider all of the following criteria:

  1. The extent of the person’s criminal record.
  2. Length of time since the offense.
  3. The nature of the offense.
  4. Any applicable mitigating circumstances.
  5. The degree to which the person participated in the offense.
  6. The extent of the person’s rehabilitation, including:
    1. Completion of probation, parole or community supervision.
    2. Whether the person paid restitution or other compensation for the offense.
    3. Evidence of positive action to change criminal behavior, such as completion of a drug treatment program or counseling.
    4. Personal references attesting to the person’s rehabilitation.

Length of Good Cause Exception with Arizona Fingerprint Board

The length of the process depends on a number of factors. However, from the time the Board receives a complete application package and court documents, the Board will conduct an expedited review within 20 days.

Arizona Fingerprint Board Expedited Review

At the expedited review, the Board will either grant you a fingerprint clearance card or schedule you for a hearing. If you must appear at a hearing, the process may take an additional three to four months.
Other factors that may affect the length of processing time include the following, among others.

  • Whether your application is complete on submission. An incomplete application package will delay your appeal.
  • The amount of time you spend completing your application.

If you’re interested in setting up a consultation with Chelle Law or learning more about how we can help with an Arizona Good Cause Exception reach out to us today.

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