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How to Get an IVP for a Teacher's Certificate

by Clayton Browne

The state of Arizona has passed a number of laws concerning verification of identity. One of these laws requires all teachers and persons who are required to be fingerprinted to work in the classroom to have an Identity Verified Prints fingerprint clearance card. Teachers who hold a non-IVP fingerprint clearance card issued before 2008 do not have to get a new IVP FCC, but those who do have an IVP card do not have to be refingerprinted when their FCC expires. You apply for an IVP fingerprint card through the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Contact the Arizona Department of Public Safety by phone, fax or email to request an application for an Identity Verified Prints (IVP) fingerprint clearance card. Fill out the application carefully and purchase a cashier's check or money order for $67 for the application fee.

Stop by any police or sheriff’s office during business hours to have your fingerprints rolled. Submit the application and the $67 cashier's check/money order to the person rolling your fingerprints. She is responsible for forwarding your fingerprints and IVP application to DPS.

Look for your plastic IVP card in the mail in 2 to 12 weeks, depending on the current volume of requests. You can then submit a copy of your IVP card to the school district where you are applying for teacher certification.

Tip

  • Make sure to get a receipt or some type of official notice that your application and fee were received so you can double-check that it was sent to DPS for processing.

About the Author

Clayton Browne has been writing professionally since 1994. He has written and edited everything from science fiction to semiconductor patents to dissertations in linguistics, having worked for Holt, Rinehart & Winston, Steck-Vaughn and The Psychological Corp. Browne has a Master of Science in linguistic anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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