I’m not eligible to seal a criminal record, but how can I get help with a CQE?

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You can apply for a Certificate of Qualification for Employment (CQE) if you are not eligible to seal a criminal record.

Legal Aid is now assisting individuals with criminal records who are interested in applying for a Certificate of Qualification for Employment (CQE).

A CQE does not seal or expunge the record, but will allow those who have a felony or misdemeanor conviction to apply to the court to lift the collateral sanction that would automatically bar them from being considered for employment, certification or licensure in a particular field.

To apply for help from Legal Aid, call our intake line at 888-817-3777.

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