State of Arizona Public Records


State of ArizonaArizona state court records are inevitably created when an individual is arrested and brought up on charges for violating any set laws or ordinates of the state, though usually court records pertain to a specific county, except at a superior court level. Whenever you are arrested the local justice system creates a record of it, along with the offense and charges that are brought up, and sends it to the department responsible for storing the records. After that, the information is available to you as well as law enforcement agencies and usually the general public, to an extent.

*The court records are handled by the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS). All Arizona criminal records are kept and maintained by the DPS on a weekly basis in accordance with the law.

The law, of the State of Arizona, also states that all individuals have the right to check their records although without the possibility of getting them expunged without first going through an extensive process. However the general public are not allowed to examine the criminal history records of other people, though are allowed to check Public records of people, after filing the proper forms. You can’t request a review of somebody else’s criminal records unless you are part of an employment agency and/or have the proper authority, also, individuals wishing to review their own Arizona criminal records must complete a Record Review Packet.
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All of the applications from the proper agencies are processed by the department of Arizona Public Records Unit (PRU). Individuals who want to do a criminal history investigation can only do so by completing the proper forms necessary to do so, depending which form of request they choose. The state does not allow a search being made by name alone as it’s neither very accurate nor secure. To send a request or application the individual must fill in a form called “Record review instruction packet” along with that of the finger prints, then the request must be emailed to the given address in the instructions. The information below is directly from the department of records:

1.All requests for public records should be submitted in writing or online. Requests may be submitted in any of the following ways:
◦Online – using the Public Records Request Form at this link,
◦In person – at the Department Records Section at the Arizona Department of Public Safety, 2102 West Encanto Blvd., Phoenix, AZ.,
◦Mailed to the Department of Public Safety, Attention PRU MD1200, P.O. Box 6638, Phoenix, AZ 85005-6638 or
◦Faxed to (602) 223-2945 Using this form for both Mail or Fax.

2.Once all the requested reports are received and processed, an invoice will be sent to the requestor via USPS mail, fax, or e-mail.

3.When payment, in the form of a money order, cashiers check, or business check, is received by PRU, the records will be released to the requestor. No personal checks are accepted.

4.In accordance with ARS § 39-121, public records may be reviewed prior to purchase or copying. In order to review records an appointment must be made by first contacting 602-223-2345. Please leave a message with your name, a contact number and the invoice number.

5.Requests are processed in the order they are received. Some records may take longer than others to process; for example, archived reports prior to 2001, active investigations.

6.Please allow 15 to 20 days for your request to be processed. Please do not call to check the status until 20 days after your request was submitted.

7.Fee Schedule:
◦1 to 9 pages – $9.00
◦10 or more pages – $1.00 per page
◦CD / DVD – $25.00 each
◦Audio Tapes (cassette) – $5.00 each
◦8 x 10 photographs – $4.00 each
◦Photo CD – $35.00 each
◦Contact / Thumbnail Sheets – $10.00 each

Finally, after all requirements have been meant, the public is allowed to review the files whenever they want but are not allowed to use the files for commercial usage under any circumstance. Apart from the general public these arrest records can also be accessed by the law enforcement agencies, but before they do, they need permission from the court to access any individual’s of interest, arrest record.

Another useful area in which this kind of information can be applied would be employers, not individuals, looking to hiring potential employees, although the majority of states do not allow this but some on the other hand do. Before employers can make any inquires or run a criminal history search on their potential employees they have to sign a pact with the court that they won’t misuse the information. Once this is done, they will have access to the information that would reveal whether the employees had been arrested in the past or not. Most importantly, felonies.

Apart from government agencies there are alternates available as well to access possible criminal or arrest occurrences of an individual. Private companies operate online and provide the information a lot quicker than the government. You’ll probably get your response within 24 hours or sooner. The only drawback with them is that the amount they charge per search is slightly higher than the government agencies, though another plus is, that usually these services offer a huge amount of convenience; you do not have to wait for weeks to get a reply and can apply online.


There are a lot of benefits of using this kind of particular service provided by the government such as:

*You can run a search on neighbors in your community for particular Arizona court records and perhaps determine whether or not they have a criminal history, for example, this may aid in helping you keep your family safe and sound in your neighborhood.

*As an employer or authorized agency you would perhaps then know whether the person you are to consider hiring is the perfect/ideal choice or not. Although, as such, you Can Not misuse this information!

Just put the name and other basic information in the specifically indicated areas in the search bar and get the general information you need, though for any extensive results, a fee will usually be required.


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