Certificate of Relief From Disabilities

Certificate of Relief From DisabilitiesCertificate of Relief From Disabilities is an Illinois statutory remedy (730 ILCS 5/5-5.5-25) available to individuals who are barred from obtaining a certificate or a license as a result of a criminal conviction. Unlike expungement and sealing, Certificate of Relief From Disabilities does not destroy the record, nor does it make it unavailable to the public or employer. The Certificate lifts the statutory restrictions, making a previously ineligible individual, eligible for a license. The Certificate, still, does not prevent any judicial proceeding, administrative, licensing, or other body, board or authority from exercising its discretionary power to refuse to issue a license to an eligible individual.

Eligibility: A Certificate of Relief From Disabilities is available to a person who has been convicted of a crime in Illinois or of an offense in any other jurisdiction that does not include any offense or attempted offense that would subject a person to registration under the Sex Offender Registration Act, the Arsonist Registration Act, or the Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Registration Act. The Court must also consider whether granting such relief is consistent wight the rehabilitation of such individual, and whether it is consisted with the public interest.

Not Eligible: An individuals who has been convicted of committing or attempting to commit a Class X felony, aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, other drug or drugs, or intoxicating compound or compounds, or any combination thereof, aggravated domestic battery, or a forcible felony (“Forcible felony” means first degree murder, second degree murder, aggravated arson, arson, aggravated kidnapping, kidnapping, aggravated battery that resulted in great bodily harm or permanent disability, and any other felony which involved the use of physical force or violence against any individual that resulted in great bodily harm or permanent disability.)

The Certificate of Relief From Disabilities is available for the following:

  • The Animal Welfare Act [Petitioner was not convicted under Section 3, 3.01, 3.02, 3.03, 3.03-1
  • Humane Care for Animals Act, 510 ILCS 70/3, 510 ILCS 70/3.01, 510 ILCS 70/3.02, 510 ILCS 70/3.03, 510 ILCS 70/3.03-01 or 510 ILCS 70/4.01, 710 ILCS 5/26/-5]
  • The Illinois Athletic Trainers Practice Act, 225 ILCS 5/1 et, seq.
  • The Barber Cosmetology, Esthetics, Hair Braiding and Nail Technology Act of 1985, 225 ILCS 410/1-1 et. seq.
  • The Boiler and Pressure Vessel Repairer Regulation Act 225 ILCS 203/1 et. seq.
  • The Professional Boxing Act, 225 ILCS 105/1 et. seq.
  • The Illinois Certified Shorthand Reporters Act of 1984, 225 ILCS 415/1 et. seq.
  • The Illinois Farm Labor Contractor Certification Act, 225 ILCS 505/1 et seq.
  • The Interior Design Title Act, 225 ILCS 310/1 et. seq.
  • The Illinois Professional Land Surveyor Act of 1989, 225 ILCS 330/1 et. seq.
  • The Illinois Landscape Architecture Act of 1989, 225 ILCS 315/1 et. seq.
  • The Marriage and Family Therapy Licensing Act, 225 ILCS 55/1 et. seq.
  • The Private Employment Agency Act, 225 ILCS 515/0.01 et. seq.
  • The Professional Counselor and Clinical Professional Counselor Licensing Act, 225 ILCS 107/1 et. seq.
  • The Real Estate License Act of 2000, 225 ILCS 454/1-1 et. seq
  • The Illinois Roofing Industry Licensing Act, 225 ILCS 335/1 et. seq.
  • Professional Engineering Practice Act, 225 ILCS 325/1 et. seq.
  • Water Well and Pump Installation Contractors License Act, 225 ILCS 345/1 et. seq.
  • Electrologist Licensing Act, 225 ILCS 345/1 et. seq.
  • The Auction License Act, 225 ILCS 407/5-1 et. seq.
  • Illinois Architecture Practice Act of 1989, 225 ILCS 305-1 et. seq.
  • The Dietetic and Nutrition Services Practice Act, 225 ILCS 30/1 et. seq.
  • The Environmental Health Practitioner Licensing Act, 225 ILCS 37/1 et. seq.
  • The Funeral Directors and Embalmers Licensing Code, 225 ILCS 41/1 et. seq.
  • The Land Sales Registration Act of 1999, 765 ILCS 86/1-1 et. seq.
  • The Professional Geologist Licensing Act, 225 ILCS 745/1 et. seq.
  • The Illinois Public Accounting Act of 1989, 225 ILCS 340/1 et. seq.
  • The Structured Engineering Practice Act of 1989, 225 ILCS 340/1 et. seq.


Certificate of Relief From Disabilities.

Certificate of Good Conduct

730 ILCS 5/5-5.5-25 provides a good alternative for relief for for those individuals who do not qualify to have their record expunged or sealed. Although expunging or sealing a record still carries more benefits than a Certificate of Good Conduct, the latter does not have the same stringent requirements. Convictions even for relatively minor criminal offices may serve as a bart expunging other records. Other offenses, such as “crimes of violence” may not be sealed. If an individual has a sentence of supervision for assault or battery, but has other convictions on his or her record, such record may not qualify for expungement or sealing. This is precisely the type of scenario under which a Certificate of Good Conduct may serve as a good alternative.

Benefits: Certificate of Good Conduct limits an employer’s liability for the conduct of a employee with a criminal record. An employer may not civilly or criminally liable for an act or omission by an employee who has been issued a Certificate of Good Conduct, except for willful or wanton act by the employer in hiring the employee who has been issued a Certificate of Good Conduct. Further, unlike expungement and sealing, an Illinois Circuit Court may issue a Certificate of Good Conduct to an individual previously convicted of a crime in any other jurisdiction, when the applicant demonstrates that there exist specific facts and circumstances that have an adverse impact and warrant the application to be made in Illinois.

Limitations: A Certificat of Good Conduct does not limit an employer from accessing criminal background information; nor does it hide it, alter, or expunge the record. The Certificate of Good Conduct can also be revoked upon subsequent convictions.

Eligibility: An applicant for Certificate of Good Conduct must prove to the Court that: 1) The applicant has conducted himself or herself in a manner warranting the issuance for a minimum period; 2) The relief to be granted is consistent with the rehabilitation of the applicant; 3) The relief to be granted is consistent with the public interest; 4) The minimum period of good conduct by the applicant shall be one year if the most serious crime the applicant has been convicted is a misdemeanor; and two years if the most serious crime an applicant was convicted of is a Class 1, 2, 3, or 4 Felony. The minimum period of good conduct is measured from the date of the payment of any fine imposed, or from the date of release from custody by parole, mandatory supervised release or commutation or terminate of his or her sentence.