Generally, a good cause exception will be utilized in the event a fingerprint clearance card has been suspended or denied by the Arizona Department of Public Safety (“DPS”). The Board’s first look at your application is a Good Cause Exception Expedited Review. However, in order to qualify you must ensure you are eligible to apply as evidenced by a letter from DPS. The Board also requires two reference forms, and some applicants may also be subject to additional requirements.
Initial Review of Good Cause Application
Consequently, the Arizona Board of Fingerprinting conducts an initial assessment of complete applications more commonly known as an expedited review. During this review, your application is gone over thoroughly. The review process will also occur without the presence of the applicant. It is an independent examination of documents and criminal records submitted. There are no special requests for expedited reviews.
When reviewing the documents, the Board will come up with one of two determinations:
1. If qualified: Without having to appear in a hearing, the applicant may be able to receive a card directly from the Board. The card will be arrive at your residential address in a few weeks. Note: Some applicants may need to submit an application and supporting documents within a certain period of time.
2. If Disqualified: The applicant must appear for a good cause exception hearing. This type of assessment is not equal to denial of a card. Applicants still have the right to present their case through oral testimony and present additional pieces of evidence. Note: Usually, if the applicant does not qualify, the board will set up a hearing within forty five (45) days after the expedited review.
Expedited Review Time-Frame
Once the Board receives the application and criminal history information from the DPS, the expedited review begins. This takes about twenty (20) days. The board will take into consideration if the applicant has been charged with a crime or has been convicted of any offenses. They will also take into consideration if the applicant has been rehabilitated or not a recidivist. Frequently, an expedited review is a remedy that pays close attention to assessment without the need for a hearing. If a hearing is needed, the Board can readily hear the case and outright approve or disapprove the application.
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