What If I Have Questions Regarding The Question On Background Information?

Follow these general rules for questions on background information.

  • Traffic Violations
    1. Minor traffic violations need not be disclosed.
    2. For the purpose of the application, the following are not considered minor traffic violations and must be disclosed.
      1. Vehicular homicide.
      2. Driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
      3. Driving while driver's license has been canceled, suspended or revoked.
      4. Making false statements on an application for a driver's license.
      5. Any crime punishable as a felony wherein a motor vehicle was used in the perpetration of such crime.
      6. Leaving the scene of an accident without stopping to report it.
      7. Failing to maintain continuous motor vehicle liability insurance.
  • Expungement
    1. A conviction for which an order of expungement has been granted need not be disclosed.
    2. Generally, convictions are not automatically expunged. If you are unsure whether a particular conviction has been expunged, you should contact the clerk of the court where conviction occurred.
  • Time Limits
    1. Except for the crimes listed in #2 below, you may answer "No" to Question 1 if both of the following apply:
      1. 10 years or more have elapsed since you were convicted or released from probation or parole, whichever is later, for any misdemeanor; AND
      2. 15 years or more have elapsed since you were convicted or released from probation or parole, whichever is later, for any felony.
    2. Regardless of time limits outlined in #1 above, you must answer "Yes" to Question 1 if you have been convicted of any of the following:
      1. Robbery
      2. Burglary
      3. Larceny
      4. Embezzlement
      5. Theft
      6. Tax Evasion
      7. Arson
      8. Forgery
      9. Counterfeiting
      10. Obstruction of Justice
      11. Contempt of Court
      12. Habitually Giving Worthless Checks
      13. Making a False Writing
      14. Perjury
      15. Deceptive Commercial Practices
      16. Bribery
      17. Fraud
      18. Any other crime, not specifically mentioned, that involved money, fraud, deceit, or untruthfulness

      If you answered "Yes" to Question 1, please provide all details of each offense on a separate sheet of paper, including, but not limited to:

      1. Name and address of arresting agency. 2. Location and date of arrest and/or conviction. 3. Nature of the charge or charges. 4. Name and address of the convicting court. 5. Disposition rendered by the court. 6. Whether you are serving probation or parole as of the date of your application.

      Note: ­­ Failure to provide the above requested information in connection with a "Yes" response delays the processing of your application. Any omissions or false answers on the application and any supplementary pages attached may result in denial of your application.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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