Clearing your record in San Francisco County
Here's how to get record clearance in San Francisco County
On the San Francisco County website, answer a few questions about yourself and your San Francisco record
Contacting the Public Defender is safe and confidential. They are not part of law enforcement and will not share your information with anyone. We know it can be difficult to talk about your conviction history, but the Public Defender will only use this information to move your record clearance application forward.
The Public Defender will contact you by phone or email
The Public Defender will contact you within 2-3 weeks and ask you to fill out a short application to start the process. If you do not hear back from the Public Defender within 2-3 weeks, reach back out to them to check on your case’s progress. They will also screen you to determine whether you meet their income requirement. If you do not, you can contact legal aid organizations that serve the San Francisco area. The Public Defender will start the process of getting your full CA DOJ RAP sheet to see all your cases. They may also ask you to submit a personal statement or letters of recommendation.
Work with The Public Defender to complete your request and submit your application to the court
If you are eligible, attorneys will help you put together a petition which you can send to the court to clear your record. Your public defender will update you with the final decision and official documents. You may have to go to court, but the public defender will let you know if you have to attend the court hearing.
Wait 90 days for the court and Department of Justice (DOJ) record to be updated
If your petition is accepted, you will have to wait at least 90 days after the petition was granted for changes to be reflected on your DOJ RAP sheet. If you want to see if your record has been fully updated, you can get a copy of your CA DOJ RAP sheet or your local court records by going to the courthouse. If you are still having trouble with cases showing up, contact the public defender for assistance. You can also read more about what happens after clearance.
All set? Apply on the San Francisco Public Defender Website
The Public Defender will be able to provide personalized help to start your record clearance process. They are a safe, confidential resource and are not part of any law enforcement agency and will not share your information with anyone.
San Francisco Public Defender Contact Information
The San Francisco County Public Defender’s Office helps people with arrests or convictions in San Francisco County.
555 7th st. San Francisco, CA 94103