State Certification and/or a Tribal Gaming License are required by the Tribal-State Compacts before an individual may be employed by a gaming facility in Arizona. All tribes with gaming facilities have a Tribal Gaming Office (TGO), as required by the compacts, to assist in the regulation of Indian gaming. The TGO issues the Tribal Gaming License for the gaming facility; all gaming employees must have a Tribal Gaming License to work in a casino. Additionally, the Department of Gaming issues the State Certification for non-tribal members or a Tribal Gaming License Recommendation for tribal members.
Process for Prospective Gaming Employees:
- All prospective gaming employees must initiate the employee certification process through the casino's Tribal Gaming Office. Potential employees complete an application and pay the required $250.00 fee at the casino. The TGO will forward the application and the fee to the Department of Gaming.
- The Department will begin an intensive investigation into the background of the applicant upon receipt of the application. The fingerprint cards are submitted to the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
- The department shall issue temporary certification within 24 hours or 20 days, (depending on the tribes agreement with the State), upon receiving a complete application, unless the background investigation undertaken discloses that the Applicant has a criminal history, or other grounds sufficient to disqualify the Applicant pursuant to section 5(f) of the Tribal-State Compact.
- If the completed background investigation reveals nothing that would preclude the applicant, the Department will issue a State Certification and forward it to the TGO. (Timeframes vary depending on the individual applicant.) If the background investigation reveals that the applicant is not suitable for State Certification, the Department will issue an intent to deny the application, which entitles the applicant to a hearing.
- The Department will make a recommendation to the Tribe for a tribal member seeking employment at his or her Tribe's gaming facility as to whether the applicant should be licensed. The Department's recommendation may or may not be accepted by the Tribe. However, if the Tribe chooses not to accept a negative recommendation from the Department, the Department may request a Tribal Forum to make its case against the tribal member's employment.