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Arizona Recording Laws

Find Local Arizona Recording LawsArizona Recording Law Summary:

Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 13-3001

Arizona recording law stipulates that it is a one party consent state.  In Arizona it is a criminal offense to use any device to record communications whether it’s wire, oral or electronic without the consent of at least one person taking part in the communication.  Albeit there is a caveat in that recording is allowed to take place if there is no reasonable expectation of privacy such as a public place such as a street or park.

This means that in Arizona, you are legally allowed to record a conversation you take part in.

Recording Personal Conversations in Arizona:

You may not record conversations that you are not a part of without the consent of at least one party.

Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 13-3001 Consent is required to record conversations in which there is a legal expectation of privacy, though consent is not required in places where there is no reasonable expectation of privacy such as a street or park.

If you are a third party and require consent from the parties taking part in the conversation the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) states that you may gain consent to make a recording by:

  • Getting verbal or written consent prior to the recording being made
  • A verbal notification being played before the conversation begins (For example:  “This phone call is being recorded for quality control purposes…”)
  • An audible beep tone being repeated at steady intervals during the duration of the conversation

Penalties:

Rev. Stat. Ann. § 13-3005 In Arizona intercepting the contents of any oral or electronic communication without one party consent is a felony.  This can result in penalties of between 6 months and 10 years.

Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 13-3019(D)  Violating the states hidden camera law is a felony that can ran range from 6 months to 10 years in prison.