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Certificate of Good Conduct

Certificate of Good Conduct

A Certificate of Good Conduct is a certificate that permits a convicted criminal under NY law to obtain housing, jobs, and other benefits that might have been forfeited by a criminal conviction. The certificates purpose is to prove that you have turned your life around and you are presumed to have been rehabilitated.

A Certificate of Good Conduct can be obtained by an individual who is convicted of more then one felony. However, you do not become eligible for a certificate of good conduct until a set minimum period of time has elapsed since the date your criminal sentence ended or your unrevoked release from custody by parole.

Obtaining a Certificate of Good Conduct for a Misdemeanor Criminal Conviction

In criminal cases in which the criminal conviction is for a misdemeanor there has to be at least one year of satisfactory community adjustment before one can obtain a certificate of good conduct.

Obtaining a Certificate of Good Conduct for a Class C, D or E Felony Conviction 

In criminal cases in which the criminal conviction is for a class C, D or E Felony conviction there has be at least three years of satisfactory community adjustment before one can obtain a certificate of good conduct.

Obtaining a Certificate of Good Conduct for a Class A or B Felony Conviction 

In criminal cases in which the criminal conviction is for a class A or B Felony conviction there has to beat least five years of satisfactory community adjustment before one can obtain a certificate of good conduct.

Temporary Certificate of Good Conduct vs. Permanent Certificate of Good Conduct 

The Certificate of Good Conduct issued to you while under parole supervision is a temporary certificate. The certificate will become permanent upon discharge from supervision.

Government Jobs & Certificate of Good Conduct

New York employers and government agencies that require employees to have certain licenses to work in select jobs are required by law to consider a convicted criminal’s Certificate of Good Conduct in determining whether to give you the job or license notwithstanding the fact that you have a criminal record. If a law says that you can not work in a certain job, or obtain a certain license due to the criminal conviction – the Certificate of Good Conduct can remove that restriction and allow you to obtain that job or license.  However, an employer can still look at your criminal record. The Certificate of Good Conduct just prohibits them from completely barring a candidate based on his or her criminal record.

A Certificate of Good Conduct can also restore other rights or privileges an individual lost because of his or her criminal conviction. This includes:

  • Appointment as the Legal Guardian of a Child
  • The right to Vote
  • The right to carry a firearm
  • The right to hold public office

To Apply For A Certificate of Good Conduct you must download or request an application for a Certificate of Good Conduct from:

Certificate Review Unit
New York State Division of Parole
845 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
(518) 485-8953

The application for a Certificate of Good Conduct is six pages long. The form should be fully completed and accurately state all of the New York Jails and Prisons in which the applicant has been incarcerated in. The form must be notarized before being returned to the The Certificate Review Unit. If during the past three years, you have worked you must have paid your income taxes. The Certificate of Good Conduct review unit will scrutinize you application to make sure you are eligible and if so will assign you a local parole officer to make a determination as to whether you are rehabilitated. The parole officer will meet with you at your home and make a recommendation whether you should be granted a Certificate of Good Conduct. The Board will consider your request at their next monthly meeting and mail out a decision. This process can take up to six months, in the event you need it sooner you should sent your request certified mail with a letter detailing the emergency.