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Welcome to the Ohio Certificate of Qualification for Employment (CQE) online website
 

Senate Bill 337 became effective September 29, 2012, and created a “Certificate of Qualification for Employment” in Ohio Revised Code 2953.25. The CQE will allow persons living in the community who have a previous felony or misdemeanor conviction to apply to the court to lift the collateral sanction that bars them from being considered for employment in a particular field. A collateral sanction is a penalty, disability, or disadvantage that is related to employment or occupational licensing as a result of a conviction of or plea of guilty to an offense and that applies by operation of law in this state regardless if the penalty, disability, or disadvantage is included in the sentence or judgment.

This website will permit an individual who is subject to collateral sanction complete an online petition and submit the petition to the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction for review prior to filing the petition with an Ohio County Common Pleas Court.

To complete a CQE petition an individual must list a collateral sanction related to their offense. To find collateral sanctions relating to an offense please visit the Ohio Civil Impacts of Criminal Convictions (CIVICC) Database, www.opd.ohio.gov/CIVICC . This site, created by the Ohio Justice & Policy Center and the Ohio Public Defender, is a free web-based tool to learn more about the collateral consequences (sanctions) of conviction in Ohio. 

 

Who can complete a CQE Petition?
In order to be eligible to file a petition an individual must meet the following criteria:
  1. The individual must be subject to one or more collateral sanctions
  2. If the offense that is causing the collateral sanction is a felony, it must be more than ONE YEAR since the individual has been released from all sanctions, including incarceration in a state or local facility or any term of supervision imposed for that offense
  3. If the offense that resulted in the collateral sanction is a misdemeanor, it must be more than six months since the individual has been released from all sanctions, including incarceration in a state or local facility or any term of supervision, imposed for that offense.

The CQE Petition process
Please click HERE for instructions about the online CQE petition process.
Please click HERE to begin the registration process for your online CQE account.
Please click HERE for a blank copy of the CQE petition.

An email address is highly recommeded for anyone applying for a CQE petition. If you do not currently have an email address please click below to be redirected to a website to create a free email account.
 
Yahoo mail CLICK HERE
Google Mail CLICK HERE
Hotmail CLICK HERE
 
Questions?
If you are trying to submit a petition and have questions please contact the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction for assistance at 614-752-1235 or email drc.cqe@odrc.state.oh.us

If you are an Ohio County Court user and need technical assistance please contact the CQE help desk at 1-800-820-1890 or email helpdesk@agatesoftware.com
 
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