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NASW - Applying for Licensure for those with a Criminal Record

Reverse Deterrent:

Applying for Licensure for those with a Criminal Record
This guide is for the sole use and distribution of NASW-CA’s Rehabilitation & Inclusion Council.

1. Within 6-months of graduating with your Masters Degree, Obtain a copy of your own
live-scan. This will be very helpful, especially for older convictions, so that your
statements match the documents. Use the dispute sheet sent with your results to dispute
inaccuracies on your RAP sheet. For example, your conviction was expunged, yet DOJ
has yet to note such on your RAP sheet/live-scan results (if this is the case, you will need
to include a photocopy of the court document showing expungement/dismissal).


2. Within a minimum of 2-months of graduating with your Masters Degree, we suggest you
begin the process of obtaining your “certified” court documents and police reports.

a) Obtaining certified court documents: Depending on where your conviction
occurred, the costs and timeline for obtaining certified court documents vary.
Wherever your arrest/conviction occurred, it is best to physically show up to request
your documents as this can decrease wait time. Be prepared for differentiating costs
affiliated with obtaining your certified court documents. 

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