In Arizona, the Criminal History Records Section (CHRS) is the central resource for state criminal records. Justice agencies within Arizona are required by law to report arrest and case disposition information to the Central State Repository. This division of the Department of Public safety also controls, subject to law, how criminal history information is distributed. Authorized parties can obtain the following information from CHRS:
- Arrest records
- Dispositions on arrests
Access to criminal records from the central repository is restricted to authorized individuals or agencies. In reality this means that aside from criminal justice agencies, the system is for employers, or individuals wishing to review their own criminal history. Everyone else is out luck when it comes to being able to use the state’s criminal background check option for a search on someone else.
Also, Arizona offers no online access to CHRS records searches whether you are a business or an individual. Basically, the process of obtaining a criminal or other record needs to be started by calling CHRS to get the requirements and have the necessary paperwork mailed to you.
Fortunately, complete Arizona records are also available online and we have included the best resources we can find to assist you in your search as you scroll down the page. Once again, you can get extremely comprehensive records using an online service while it’s next to impossible to do this using state offered resources. Check out the resources below.