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Guide to Fingerprinting in Arizona

A step-by-step guide with screenshots to obtain your IVP card
state flag of Arizona with fingerprint icon in top right corner

Fingerprint Requirement

A fingerprint background check by the Arizona Department of Public Safety is required by law for anyone who will work in a school setting. Your fingerprints will be run through Arizona criminal record databases as well as the FBI database. If you fail the background check due to a criminal history, or if you have had a professional license suspended, revoked, or voluntarily surrendered, you are not eligible to work as a substitute teacher.

Click here to view the list of offenses that disqualify individuals from working in a school setting in Arizona (see Sections B and C).

What is an IVP card?

An Identity Verified Prints (IVP) card is a plastic card that is issued by the state of Arizona, showing that you have passed their fingerprint criminal background check. It has a similar size and thickness as a driver's license, and it is sent by mail to your home address. This card should be carried with you when working at schools, as they may require you to show it prior to beginning a substitute job.

In Arizona, you must apply for the IVP card before you get fingerprinted. This is done online through the Department of Public Safety’s public service portal website.

Example Arizona IVP card

Applying for an IVP Card

To begin an application, or to submit your card number after you have received it, go into the Senya app and click on the "Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card (IVP)" item.

fingerprint clearance card item in Senya app

You will see a box open with an overview of fingerprinting information. Click the "Continue" button to proceed.

Initial fingerprinting dialogue box on the Senya app

Next, you will see a box with options based on where you are in the process.

Second dialogue box for fingerprinting on the Senya app

If you already applied, click "I already Applied" and enter your application number. You can return when you receive your card to complete this item.

If you have received your IVP card, click the link at the bottom to enter your card number and upload a photo of the front AND back of the card; this will complete the fingerprint onboarding item on your account.

If you need to apply for a card, click "Apply for Card" at the top. Continue reading the directions below for guidance on completing your application.

You will see a new box, giving you the option to watch a video on the application process or to begin your application with the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS). The video is produced and shared publicly by the Arizona DPS.

It is highly recommended that you open the video for reference in one tab while completing the application in another tab. However, the steps and screenshots are also provided below for your convenience.

Senya app dialogue box to watch a tutorial video or begin the IVP card application

Click the "Apply Online" button to begin your application. This will take you to the Arizona DPS Public Service Portal site. The page asks you, "What action do you need to take?"

Select “Apply for a Card / Request a Replacement” and click “Continue.”

DPS IVP card option screen

Next, you will need to create an account with DPS (unless you already have one) by clicking the link near the bottom.

DPS login page

For account type, click "Continue" on the “Fingerprint Clearance Card” tile.

DPS tile fingerprint clearance card

On the next screen, choose “Individual” and enter your information to finish creating an account.

DPS account type screen

Once you have created your account, you may need to start again by clicking on the “Services” link near the top right of the screen.

DPS website links

Select the “Fingerprint Clearance Card” tile.

fingerprint tile on DPS website

Select “Apply for a Card / Request a Replacement” and click “Continue.”

DPS IVP card options screen

Select “Apply for a New Clearance Card.”

DPS IVP card options screen

Select “IVP” because this is required to work in school settings.

DPS IVP selection screen

Next, it will ask if you have had an IVP card before. If so, the system will take you back to start the renewal process. Otherwise, click the "No" button.

DPS previous IVP card selection screen

For the reason you are applying, check the bottom box for “Public and/or Charter School Contractor, Subcontractor, or Vendor and their Employees.”

DPS reasons for applying screen

Mark “No” for any other reasons you are applying.

DPS other reasons screen

Fill out your personal information on the application.

For employer information, use Senya’s contact information:

Address: 2277 W 700 S

Springville, UT 84663

Phone: (800) 333-9387


Mark the bubble that you will get fingerprinted in Arizona.

DPS fingerprinting location screen

Sign the digital application.

Review and confirm your information.

At this point, you will see the application fee. Senya does not pay for substitute candidate fingerprinting, so you will click on “Submit & Pay by Credit Card” to pay the $67.00 fee online.

DPS payment screen

A box will pop up with two items for you to acknowledge. After reading the items, click the boxes to continue.

DPS order acknowledgement screen

This will take you to the actual payment page, where you put in your payment information.

DPS payment screen

After payment, your screen will be redirected back to the home page.

Go to your email and open the confirmation email from DPS. The email contains a link to go back to your account, where you will be able to set up a fingerprinting appointment. Click the link and log back into your account.

DPS email with link

If there is no message showing in your message center, refresh the page after 30 seconds.

Open the message, and follow the directions to set an appointment for digital or paper fingerprinting.

DPS fingerprinting options

Digital fingerprinting tends to be faster, and paper cards are often rejected if the prints are not perfect. Senya recommends that you compare methods and prices of fingerprinting companies and local law enforcement offices to best meet your needs.

It can take up to a few weeks for your fingerprint background check to be completed by the state of Arizona. Your IVP card should arrive in the mail soon after. You can check the status of your application at any time by logging into your DPS public service portal account.

Once you have an IVP card number, you can submit that information on your Senya profile.

Senya clearance card submission page

If you run into any issues with the application process, please contact Senya for support.

For more information about the IVP card, including Frequently Asked Questions, click here to visit the Arizona DPS Clearance Card webpage.

Once you receive your physical IVP clearance card, remember to take it with you to present to schools; schools may refuse your services if you do not have the card with you, and it will count as a cancellation.

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