FAQ - Reduced Sentence Not Communicated


My felony was reduced to a misdemeanor, but background checks are still showing that I have a felony. Why?


It appears that the state does not forward the information regarding a person’s Class 6 designation from a felony to misdemeanor to anyone. This means that when background checks are done, the charges are still showing as felonies.

To resolve the situation, you need to make copies of your designation form and write a note requesting certain government entities change the information in their databases.

The three (3) entities that need to be contacted about this issue are:
Arizona Department of Public Safety
P.O. Box 6638
Phoenix, AZ 85005-6638

To ensure proper and faster routing of mail inquiries please write the department or subject relating to your inquiry on the outside of your envelope.

They will send you an application that you will need to complete and return.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20535
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
100 West Washington, Suite 1900
Phoenix, AZ 85003