Individuals who are applying for a Fingerprint Clearance Card may qualify for good cause exception or central registry exception. When applying for one of these an applicant may may be required to provide the Arizona Board of Fingerprinting with a Fingerprint Board Personal Statement. This statement describes, in detail, each of your arrests or charges in your application package. Once you have a statement prepared it will then be reviewed in the initial expedited review of your application. It’s important for those who are seeking a Fingerprint Clearance Card to understand how an effective personal statement can help avoid a good cause exception hearing. If you’re not sure what to write in your statement the Board has a handout available. This document can show you examples of positive and negative personal statements.
Fingerprint Board Personal Statement Contents
A personal statement should contain the following:
- An explanation of every criminal charge (whether it resulted in a conviction or not.)
- Be sure to include ALL criminal charges in Arizona and in any other state.
- All criminal charges should be explained, no matter when they happened in your life. Time doesn’t matter.
- What was going on in your life at the time of the charge?
- Were you having substance abuse issues?
- If you were having psychological problems, don’t be afraid to include them.
- Did a bad relationship lead to poor decision making?
- Include any financial troubles that may have influenced you.
- Add Family drama and any other personal drama.
- Include the steps you’ve taken to rehabilitate or modify your behavior since the charge.
- If you’ve entered and completed rehabilitation or treatment for substance abuse.
- Mention you’re longer in a bad relationship.
- Explain your treatment like if you sough medical attention for the psychological problems. It’s also okay to include if you are on new medications.
- Are you seeking to better yourself? Let the Board know if you are seeking continuing education opportunities.
- Exercise, diet changes, etc.
Fingerprint Board Personal Statement Tips to keep in mind:
- Follow instructions carefully.
- Allow yourself time to write, revise, and proofread your personal statement.
- Describe your strengths.
- Read your personal statement out loud to make sure it flows and makes sense.
- Ask someone to proofread your work to make sure your grammar and spelling are correct.
- Type your personal statement. If you don’t have access to a computer ask someone to type it for you.