Spread the word — San Jose State University Expungement Sessions this Fall!

The San Jose State University (SJSU) Record Clearance Project has scheduled 2 free SPEED SCREENING sessions to review individuals’ RAP sheets this Fall in San Jose, CA! 

If you or others you know are interested in dismissing past convictions from their criminal record, these sessions will be enormously useful!! Please spread the word to all friends, family, community members, and networks.

The Record Clearance Project’s Speed Screening sessions will include a one-on-one interview that will help individuals determine their next steps toward record clearing & expungement. If you would like to sign up, please email expunge@sjsu.edu or leave a message at phone number (408) 924-2758 at least one week in advance of the session. You must also bring your RAP sheet with you to the session (instructions for getting your STATEWIDE “rap” sheet can be found at the bottom of this post). 

Here are the details for the next two sessions:

  • Tuesday, October 28 from 3:30 – 5:30pm at Marantha Christian Center, 1811 S. 7th Street, San Jose.
  • Thursday, November 20 from 3:30 – 5:30pm at McKinley Neighborhood Center (behind the school), 651 Macredes, San Jose.
  • See this flyer for more details: Speed Screening Fall 2014

Have a happy holiday weekend everyone!

— The R&R Team


FOR CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS–To get a copy of your statewide RAP sheet (showing all convictions in California) from the CA Department of Justice (DOJ), follow the steps below.

STEP 1: Decide if you are eligible for a fee waiver. If you are not eligible, skip to STEP 2 below.

  1. Info about fees: To obtain a statewide RAP sheet, you must pay the $25 fee charged by the CA DOJ AND the fee charged by the Live Scan fingerprinting provider (usually $15-$25), for a total of up to $50.
  2. HOWEVER, if you are currently receiving public assistance (including food stamps, SSI, unemployment, etc.), you can request a waiver of the $25 fee from the CA DOJ (but you still have to pay the fee for fingerprinting to the Live Scan provider). The CA DOJ website doesn’t tell you this, so we included instructions below!
  3. To request a fee waiver from the CA Department of Justice:
    • Send the CA DOJ these 3 items:
      • (1) a cover letter–signed by you and listing your mailing address–explaining that you are trying to have your criminal records dismissed, and stating the public assistance you receive that makes you eligible (such as food stamps, SSI, unemployment, etc.),
      • (2) a fee waiver form (call the DOJ at 916-227-3835 to request this form), and
      • (3) attached proof of your public assistance (for example, a letter from SSI stating the monthly amount of money that you receive). You can send these materials by fax or mail to the CA DOJ.
        • By Fax:   916-227-1964
        • By Mail:

Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information
Attention: Record Review Unit
P.O. Box 903417
Sacramento, CA 94201-4170

4. If your fee waiver is approved, the DOJ will send you a pre-printed “Request for Live Scan” form. After you receive the preprinted form in the mail, follow STEP 2 (below) for the instructions on how to fill out the preprinted form and send it in–completed–to the CA DOJ.

STEP 2: After you receive approval for your fee waiver (See STEP 1 above), or if you do not qualify for a fee waiver, you should:

  1. Fill out the “Request for Live Scan” form (Form BCIA 8016RR). For those who were not eligible for the fee waiver, the form is available online HERE.
  2. Check “Record Review” as the “Type of Application”
  3. Enter “Record Review” as the “Reason for Application”
  4. Fill out all your personal information.
  5. Take the completed “Request for Live Scan” form to any Live Scan site for electronic fingerprinting services. For a list of Live Scan locations near you CLICK HERE, and enter your address to see what’s nearby.
  6.  You will receive your RAP sheet in the mail in a couple weeks!

For detailed instructions and links to the forms, see the CA Department of Justice website HERE.

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