The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) follows the U Visa Certification process outlined in the U Visa Law Enforcement Certification Resource Guide. The MCSO considers each request for certification on an individual basis as it is presented to the Office.

During the process, please consider the following:

  • MCSO accepts U Visa Certification applications in the following manner:
    • United States Postal Service (mail)
    • E-mail:
    • In person at MCSO Headquarters (550 West Jackson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003)
  • Upon receipt of a U Visa Certification application:
    • MCSO will notify the sender with an acknowledgement of receipt
    • Allow up to 60 days for a response from MCSO
    • Copies of all documentation received by MCSO will be maintained and all original documents will be returned to the sender upon reaching a determination of the application
  • Qualifications for U Visa Certification may include, but not be limited to, the following:
    • The applicant must have been a victim of a qualifying crime, as specified in the U Visa Law Enforcement Certification Resource Guide
    • The qualifying crime must have been investigated or documented by MCSO
    • The victim was, is, or is likely to assist law enforcement in the investigation
    • Prior criminal history of the applicant does not preclude an application from being granted.
  • After review and consideration, all decisions made are final

The MCSO Community Outreach Division reviews and responds to U Visa Certification applications. If you have any questions about submitting a U Visa Certification application to MCSO, please contact the Community Outreach Division at 602-876-1508 or by email at