If you have convictions that are not eligible to be sealed, you may qualify for one of the following, which can help you get a job:
You may be able to get this certificate from the Illinois Prisoner Review Board if you have been convicted of Class 3 or Class 4 Felony that cannot be sealed. Note: You cannot file for a Certificate of Sealing and an Executive Clemency at the same time. If you have a pending Executive Clemency petition, you will not be eligible to file for a Certificate of Sealing until a final decision has been made on your Executive Clemency petition or the pending Executive Clemency petition has been formally withdrawn.
- This must be your only conviction;
- It cannot be a conviction for an offense involving a weapon or violence; and
- You must have completed your sentence 5 or more years ago.
You may be able to get this certificate from the circuit court. It must be two years since you successfully completed your sentence or release from prison. You must not have been convicted of any of the following:
- Aggravated arson
- Aggravated kidnapping
- Aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Aggravated domestic battery, or
- Anything that requires registration under the Sex Offender Registration Act, the Arsonist Registration Act, or the Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Registration Act
You must not have been convicted of any of the offenses listed above in the Certificate of Good Conduct section. Certificate of Relief from Disabilities certificate may help you get a professional license for jobs like the following:
- Real estate agent
This certificate may help you get a settlement from the Illinois Court of Claims if you can prove you were wrongfully convicted and served time in prison. You can claim that your judgment or conviction was reversed or vacated, and the indictment or information dismissed or, a new trial was ordered and either I was found not guilty at the new trial or you were not retried and the indictment or information was dismissed.
This certificate may help you get a healthcare job in an unlicensed field in health care, such as Certified Nursing Assistant or Medical Billing Encoder. For more information, see the Health Care Worker Registry. State law prohibits these employers
from hiring people with certain criminal convictions unless they have a waiver.
Updated: May 2018