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Did they specifically request a police clearance certificate or could you use a background check which would include all states ?
I was trying to save you some money, however, I double checked and found that the law changed in 2009 and now requires a separate clearance certificate from each state, even where the applicant previously submitted an FBI clearance certificate.
Therefore, the fastest and best way to get a Police Clearance Certificate from each State is to contact an attorney so that he can submit your application to the police authorities and request the clearance certificate. You do not need to use a separate attorney for each state. You can use the same attorney to submit your application in both California and Massachusetts.
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Actually, I found out that what I actually need is much more simple - a basic county police clearance:
For San Francisco County this is all I have to do:
There are 2 ways to obtain a SFPD Clearance Report:
In person with valid identification during business hours (Monday - Friday, excluding holidays; 8 a.m. - 3p.m.)
By mail with a notarized request
Requests are submitted to:
San Francisco Police DepartmentID SectionXXXXX, Room 475San Francisco, CA 94103
Fee: $5.00 - Cashier's Check/Money Order. Cash payments accepted for in person requests.
For questions, please call XXX-XXX-XXXX
Most local police and sheriff departments will give out such clearances just by asking,
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX store the information with my other research
It is basically the same information I gave you, except, suggested going through an attorney to get it faster.
You had not specified the county in California, so I suggested a Police Clearance Certificate for the State. I do hope that the Police Clearance Certificate you receive from the San Francisco Police Department covers the entire State, otherwise a Police Clearance Certificate from one county doesn't give much information, For example, assume someone commintted crimes in Los Angeles County and told a prospective employer that he lived in San Mateo County all his life. The employer asks for a Police Clearance Certificate from San Mateo County which they send to the prospective employer, but shows only any crimes committed in San Mateo County. Of what use would this incompete Police Clerance Certificate be to the prospective employer if it shows none of the convictions in Los Angeles County ?
ANDREA, JD, LLM