Certificates of Rehabilitation Workshop & Clinic

COR FlyerAre you or someone you know interested in applying for a Certificate of Rehabilitation (COR)? Want to learn more about what a COR is and more about the COR application process? Want help preparing a COR application?

Join the reentry attorneys at Root & Rebound, a reentry legal education and advocacy center, to learn more about CORs and sign up for our COR info session & clinic if you qualify for one at this time!

In California, the Certificate of Rehabilitation (COR) is a powerful but underutilized legal tool for people who served time in state prison for a past conviction to prove their successful rehabilitation after years of success back in society. CORs help restore some of the civil rights and opportunities that individuals with criminal records are stripped of, and applicants have the right under law to FREE legal representation by a public defender in the county where they reside (not the county where the conviction happened).

In collaboration with Project Rebound at SFSU, ROOT & REBOUND is hosting a COR workshop to educate people interested in CORs and help people who are eligible prepare their COR applications at its COR clinic! See below for details. We’ve also attached a FLYER that you can post or share with your networks!




Root & Rebound will host 2 informational sessions to educate people about the requirements to apply for a COR in California; the overall process; and the potential benefits. Through the info sessions, you can decide for yourself if you would like to proceed with the COR clinic and apply for a COR at this time.

The two informational sessions will be held on:

  • Thursday, May 5th from 10AM-12PM (morning), OR
  • Thursday, May 5th from 5PM-7PM (evening).

LOCATION: Root & Rebound, 1730 Franklin Street, Suite 300, Oakland, CA 94612 (close to the 19th St.-Oakland BART station)

CLICK HERE TO RSVP. RSVPs will be capped, so sign up as soon as possible! Email or call us if you want to attend the clinic, but CANNOT make it to EITHER info session.

> PART 2: IF YOU QUALIFY FOR COR AT THIS POINT IN TIME (which you will learn about at workshop!), REGISTER FOR COR CLINIC on WEDNESDAY, MAY 25th:

The COR clinic will be staffed with the Root & Rebound attorney and legal team to help eligible applicants prepare their COR application materials for court in a 1-on-1 setting at Root & Rebound’s office.

The COR clinic will be hosted at Root & Rebound on:

  • Wednesday, May 25th from 1PM – 6PM.

LOCATION: Root & Rebound, 1730 Franklin Street, Suite 300, Oakland, CA 94612 (close to the 19th St.-Oakland BART station)

RSVPs will be capped, so sign up as soon as possible! Email or call us if you want to attend the COR clinic, but cannot make it to our office on May 25th. We will likely hold future COR clinics, and are happy to keep you on our outreach list to tell you about future clinics.

If you haven’t already — CLICK HERE TO RSVP!

IMPORTANT!!TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COR CLINIC, and to get the best legal information and advice, you should FIRST REQUEST a copy of your RAP Sheet if you do not have one already!

Here are the instructions:

  • To get a Statewide RAP Sheet from the Department of Justice (DOJ):
      • STEP 1 – Fill out a “Request for Live Scan” form. For detailed instructions from the DOJ, click here.
      • STEP 2 – Get electronic fingerprinting (Live Scan)
        • Bring “Record Review – Request for Live Scan” form (SEE ATTACHED) to a Live Scan Provider to have your fingerprints taken. For a list of fingerprint locations, click here.
      • STEP 3 – You will receive your RAP sheet in the mail.
      • The DOJ charges $25.
      • The Live Scan (fingerprinting) provider usually charges $15-$30.
      • If you are currently receiving public assistance (including CalFresh/food stamps, SSI, unemployment, etc.), you can request a waiver of the $25 fee from the DOJ, but you will still have to pay the Lice Scan fee. Fee waivers delay the process, so start ASAP!
      • To Request a Fee Waiver: Send a cover sheet, fee waiver form and proof of public assistance (SEE ATTACHED PACKET) to the DOJ at the following address:

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

      • If you request a Fee Waiver, you will receive a “Request for Live Scan” form in the mail. Take this special form to the Live Scan provider for your fingerprinting (go back up to STEP 2)


QUESTIONS? Please email us at info@rootandrebound.org, or call us at 510-279-4662, and request to speak with Sonja or Kaly with any questions about the COR info sessions or clinic.

Look forward to working together to advance opportunities for people with records in California!

Thank you!

The Root & Rebound and Project Rebound teams!

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