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Can My Record Be Sealed?

Sealing your conviction record may be possible if you meet certain criteria. When your record is sealed, it means it cannot be accessed by normal means. Those considering you for employment or who you are petitioning for a loan cannot look into these records during a background check. Furthermore, you can generally legally deny that the events on your record never existed. The record itself exists and it may be possible for some entities to find this out, but only a court order to unseal the records for the public interest can make those records accessible to anyone ever again.

The Legal Aid Society of Columbus has created an online interactive tool called Access 2 Justice (A2J) which will walk you through a series of questions to help you determine if you are eligible to have your record sealed, and if you are, it will point you to the correct forms and explain how to file them.

Click here to start Access 2 Justice.

It is possible for certain data brokers who engage in criminal background checks to gain access to sealed cases from their databases. It is not common practice, but it does occur.

Understanding and Clearing Up Ohio Criminal Records, and Overcoming the Barriers
They Create

Version: 3/10/2014


The Collateral Consequences Resource Center provides the latest reviews and information on collateral consequences throughout the country, including an interactive 50-state map, articles, blog posts, and information on how to obtain relief from these detrimental consequences. As collateral consequences often affect employment, housing, benefits, voting, licensing, and other major areas of civil importance, this resource can provide some guidance when a criminal record adversely affects these areas.

What is WOTC?

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit available to employers. It is designed to encourage employers to hire individuals from certain target groups. The employer must file an application within 28 days of when the employee starts to work. For General Information about WOTC, click here. For more information, on how to apply visit

Federal Bonding- What is a Fidelity Bond?

It is a business insurance policy that protects the employer in case of any loss of money or property due to employee dishonesty. It is like a guarantee to the employer that the person they hire will be an honest worker. For more information go to:

Apply for a Certificate of Qualification for Employment

Official List of Approved Certificates of Qualification for Employment
Step-by-step CQE Workbook

Download DRC Certificate of Qualification for Employment Info

Download Certificates of Qualification for Employment and the CIVICC Database Info

Download Sealing and Expunging Records Information

Child Support Issues

To obtain information regarding child support issues go to the Franklin County Child Support Enforcement website.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces federal laws against employment discrimination -

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforces the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the law that protects the privacy and accuracy of information in credit reports -

Create a Resume provides a user-friendly, easy to use resume builder at (The website is easier to access and use on a computer or tablet.)