Public records can reveal a wealth of information about a person and a company. In fact, these records can establish or disprove the individual or company’s reputation. With that said certain records such as Arizona arrest records are restricted from the public; however, one can still obtain a copy of their own criminal records as well as make public background checks.
Requests are easy and can be made either through online access, via standard mail, fax and walk in. All requests however should be made in writing or submitted through the online section of the State’s website. Once the Office starts the retrieval process, they would send out a receipt or an invoice for the total amount to be paid. This can be through USPS, by e-mail or faxing the person requesting the information.
To pay for the records, researchers can pay through several payment methods. They can send in a business check, money order or a cashier’s check. Personal checks are not accepted. Once payment is received, the records will be released to the person requesting the information. Processing can take within 15 to 20 days upon the receipt of the request. The Arizona Public Records Unit does not have an entrance for walk in or in person requests. Request should be dropped off the public counter at the Department Records Unit. All records are subject for review and as such, a researcher should make an appointment with the Document Custodian to review the record’s content.
Fee schedule differs depending on the media format that the researcher requests. A nine pager can cost about $9 with each succeeding page costing $1 each. For copies in DVD/CD format, the cost is $25. For audio cassettes, cost is $5. Thumbnail sheets cost $10, and photographs of 8 x 10 cost $35 each. Researchers have the chance to review the records by making an appointment with the Custodian of the Documents. Once the review is done and everything is okay, one can proceed and purchase the records.
For those individuals who want to get or do a background check on himself or herself, they can do so for free in Arizona. Simply download the “Records Review Packet” available from the government site, fill in the application form, follow the rest of the steps and mail the documents. Processing usually takes about 15 days and records will be sent to the person’s mailing address.
For those who need to find arrest search records, the fastest and most convenient way to do so is to use commercial public record sites instead of the government site. Commercial public search sites allow one to check several records conveniently at a time and thus can be ideal for big companies that require background check of their employees or candidates. Other records are also accessible using commercial online search sites such as vital records, property, criminal records and warrants of arrest.