There is specific distinctions between Level I and standard fingerprint clearance cards with the Arizona Department of Public Safety. approximately eight (8) years ago, a new law took effect that designated two classes of fingerprint clearance cards instead of having only one class. Starting on in July of 2009, DPS began issuing Level I fingerprint clearance cards, in addition to the standard fingerprint clearance cards.
There are several types of criminal convictions that can lead to the suspension or denial of a Level I fingerprint clearance card in Arizona. In other words, the Level I fingerprint clearance card is a bit more complicated to obtain and keep. The new law requires a number of different profession to possess a valid fingerprint clearance card before the issuance of a certificate, license, or engaging in gainful employment as a professional. The Applicant Clearance Card Team (ACCT) at the DPS Arizona receives, assesses and reviews applications as well as criminal history records of all applicants. They also update the present status of current fingerprint clearance cards.
Level I cards are needed for several activities or professions. Listed below are the state Agencies that requires a Level I fingerprint clearance card in order to engage in the profession:
- Adoption, Department of Economic Security (DES)
- Board of Fingerprinting members and employees
- Child care group home employees, Department of Health Services (DHS)
- Child care group home licensees, DHS
- Child care home providers, DES
- Child care employees, DHS
- Child care facility licensees, DHS
- Child Protective Services (CPS) employee, DES
- Day care home providers, DES
- DES contractors
- Developmental-home licensure, DES
- Division of Developmental Disabilities employees, DES
- Foster-home licensure, DES
- DES information-technology employees
- Non-CPS employees, DES
*In the event your professional agency is not listed above a standard fingerprint clearance card is sufficient.
In some scenarios, people who possess fingerprint clearance cards that were issued prior to the passage of the new law can use their old fingerprint clearance card in lieu of a Level 1 Clearance Card.