If you are not interested in applying for a pardon, but you do need a way to make getting a job easier, you can apply for a certificate of employability. A certificate of employability does not pardon your past convictions. It does not erase your criminal history. But, it does show an employer that you are employable. It stops employers from dismissing your job application on the grounds of past convictions. If this sounds like the right option for you, you should fill out the certificate of employability application. On this page, I will discuss the application in detail. This can help you fill it out as easily as possible.
Section One: Applicant Information
The first section in the application asks for your personal information. This includes your:
- Date of birth.
- Place of birth.
- Social security number.
- Phone number.
- Email address.
This is basic contact information that you should have.
Section Two: Family Information
You should list everyone that you live with and your relationship to these people. Also indicate on the application your current marital status and how long you have lived at your current residency.
Section Three: Aliases and Other Names
If you have ever gone by another name, list it here. This might include nicknames, your maiden name, a name from a former marriage, etc.
Section Four: Previous Application History
Indicate if you have ever applied for a pardon or certificate of employability in the past. If you have, list when you submitted any previous applications.
Section Five: Citizenship Information
Here, you should state if you are or are not a citizen of the United States. If you are citizen of another country, also list this here.
Section Six: Education
List the highest grade that you have completed. Also list any special training or education that you have gotten or are currently getting.
Section Seven: Employment
Here, you should list if you are currently employed. If you are, give basic information about your job. For example, you need to list when you started working and where you work. Then, give information about your employment history.
Section Eight: Military History
Have you served time in the military? List this information here, as well as information about any discharge from the military.
Section Nine: Criminal History
In this section list:
- Date of arrest.
- Court and location.
- Charges you’ve faced.
- Sentences in your cases.
Section Ten: Victim Information
List the personal information of any victims in your cases. If there are no victims in your cases, you can just write “no victims” in this section.
Section Eleven: Purpose of Application
You need to state your reasons for applying for a certificate of employability. Common reasons are for employment or to get a license in something. In this section, you should also talk about why you think you deserve a certificate of employability. Talk about how you have changed since the time of your conviction.
Section Twelve: Optional Continuation
If there is information that you want to share that does not fit in another section, you can list it here. Or, if you ran out of room on the application in a section, you can continue what you want to say here.
Section Thirteen: Attestation and Background Investigation Authorization
Here, you need to authorize the Board of Pardons to do a background check on you and verify any information that you list in the application.
The application can be complicated. If you need help filling out any of the sections, you can contact my office.