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

The CQE allows individuals in the community who have a previous felony or misdemeanor conviction to apply to the court to lift the barrier that prevents them from obtaining general employment or licensure.

This website allows the applicant to complete an online petition and submit it to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction for the initial review. After review, by the Department, the applicant will receive an email message that allows them to print off their petition and submit it to the Common Pleas Clerk of Courts in their county of residence. If the petitioner lives outside of Ohio, the petitioner may file their petition with the County Common Pleas Court Clerk’s office where they have an Ohio conviction. If the petitioner lives outside of Ohio and has multiple Ohio county convictions, you may file your petition with one of the County Common Pleas Court Clerk’s office that you have an Ohio conviction(s).
 

 
 
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 have one or more felony or misdemeanor convictions in Ohio.
  2. If the conviction is a felony, it must be 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 or supervision, imposed for that offense.
     
Who can complete a CQE Petition Early?
 
In order to be eligible to complete a petition before 1 year since a felony conviction or before 6 months since a misdemeanor conviction an individual must meet one or more of the following criteria:
  1. If the individual has been released from prison and received a Certificate of Achievement and Employability (CAE).
  2. If the individual has been released from prison after receiving 90 days of credit toward satisfaction of the person's stated prison term or a ten percent reduction of the person's stated prison term. You may apply any time after release for incarceration.
  3. If an individual has been released from incarceration in a local facility, upon recommendation from the sheriff or designee.
  4. If the individual only received a ticket or citation, the individual may apply at any time.
  5. If the individual received early termination of community control, has complied with all special conditions, and has no outstanding fines or restitution, the individual may apply upon such termination of community control.
 
 
 
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.

Out of State petitioners may begin the registration process by clicking the " begin registration" process option above.
 
An email address is highly recommended 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 614-387-7384 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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