Since many courts and agencies do not proactively inform the public of expungements, a person may obtain a court order expunging or sealing a record but that order may never be received by the criminal record database companies, who are a source of criminal record information to many of the background screening companies in the US..
After working for a year behind the scenes with various industry leading criminal record database companies, backgroundchecks.com initiated the Expungement Clearinghouse program. The Expungement Clearinghouse is designed as the central mechanism for sharing validated expungement orders by collecting the information from individuals, their attorneys, courts and other sources. Once expungements are validated, backgroundchecks.com and the other members of the Expungement Clearinghouse will receive expedited notification to remove these expunged records from their private criminal records databases. This service provides a faster and more coordinated approach to removing the records that are no longer publicly available.
To offer consumers a single point of contact to submit their requests, the Expungement Clearing House has formed an exclusive partnership with The Foundation for Continuing Justice. The Foundation offers a free service to those who have had their criminal record sealed, expunged or otherwise made non-public by the court to have this information removed from private companies who provide the information for private background checks. Visit the Continuing Justice website to download their application form to start the removal process.
This partnership will help to ensure that job seekers realize the full benefits afforded to them under the legal process of expungement, leading to faster and more efficient background checks, and helping qualified job applicants to more quickly secure meaningful employment.