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  • Writer's pictureMegan Blancho

Who Has Access In Florida To Your Sealed and Expunged Criminal Records?

When you have a criminal record sealed or expunged that does not mean that it is forever hidden from all authorities. There are agencies that can still access your prior criminal record.

The subject of a criminal history record sealed under this section or under other provisions of law, including former s.893.14, former s.901.33, and former s.943.058, may lawfully deny or fail to acknowledge the arrests covered by the sealed record, except when the subject of the record:

  • Is a candidate for employment with a criminal justice agency;

  • Is a defendant in a criminal prosecution;

  • Concurrently or subsequently petitions for relief under s.943.0585or s.943.059;

  • A candidate for admission to The Florida Bar;

  • If you are seeking to be employed or licensed by or to contract with the Department of Children and Family Services, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation within the Department of Education, the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, the Department of Health, the Department of Elderly Affairs, or the Department of Juvenile Justice or to be employed or used by such contractor or licensee in a sensitive position having direct contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly;

  • If you are seeking to be employed or licensed by the Department of Education, any district school board, any university laboratory school, any charter school, any private or parochial school, or any local governmental entity that licenses child care facilities; or

  • If you are attempting to purchase a firearm from a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer and is the subject to a criminal history background check under state or federal law.


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