CERTIFICATE OF REHABILITATION
What is a certificate of rehabilitation?
- A certificate of rehabilitation is a court order declaring that a person has been "rehabilitated."
- It does not erase the record of your conviction and you must still reveal your conviction on job applications.
- However, some laws make it impossible for you to obtain a particular job or license if you have a criminal conviction. A certificate of rehabilitation will remove these "statutory bars."
- If a certificate issues, it is deemed a recommendation that the Governor grant a pardon. A person twice convicted of felonies must also have the recommendation of the California Supreme Court.
- Am I eligible for a certificate of rehabilitation?
- For the most part, to be eligible for a certificate of rehabilitation, you must not have been re-incarcerated for any reason since your release on probation or parole, you must satisfy certain California residency requirements, and you must satisfy an additional "period of rehabilitation" or waiting period.
- A certificate of rehabilitation is available for most felony convictions and for some misdemeanor sex offenses specified in Penal Code section 290, provided that certain conditions are met.
- A certificate of rehabilitation must be filed with the court in the county where you reside.