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:
Certificate of Eligibility for sealing
- 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.
Certificate of Good Conduct
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
Certificate of Relief from Disabilities
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
Certificate of Innocence
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.
Health Care Waiver
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.
Updated: June 2017