Record Clearance Project



What is the Record Clearance Project?


The San José State University Record Clearance Project (RCP) engages undergraduates in assisting eligible people to clear their criminal records.  Begun in January 2008, the RCP

  • helps people clear criminal records in court
  • provides individualized reviews of people's rap sheets at "Speed Screening" drop-in advice sessions, and provides the next steps in clearing the client's record
  • gives legal education presentations on expungement law in the community and in Elmwood Jail
  • offers a Path to Expungement mentoring program helping people transition from custody to prepare to expunge convictions in court



Upcoming Events

Speed Screenings - Free RAP Sheet Reviews


Thursday, May 11, 2017

3:30 - 5:30 pm

Center for Employment Training (cafeteria)

701 Vine Street, San Jose, CA 95110


Each client will be interviewed to determine eligibility and next steps towards expungement (record clearance).

Please bring your rap sheet (criminal history report) or background check report. Learn how to get your rap sheet. 

Please RSVP one week in advance of the event online here or by phone (408) 924-2758 or email

All services are free. A voluntary, $10 donation is requested.

If a court hearing is not required, we can complete necessary expungement forms. Court representation is beyond the scope of the event.

Please inform us if a reasonable accommodation for a disability is required.


Speed Screening Flyer English [pdf]

Speed Screening Flyer Spanish [pdf]

Free/Low-Cost LiveScan to get your RAP Sheet


Every Thursday By Appointment

2:00 - 6:00 pm

San Jose State University

MacQuarrie Hall Room MH 521

Campus Map


Getting a copy of your criminal history report is the first step to clearing your criminal record. Come see us to order your free/low-cost RAP sheet. The Department of Justice will mail your LiveScan results to you in approximately one week. You can bring your RAP sheet to our next speed screening for a free rap sheet review. 

Items to Bring:

Photo Identification: CA drivers' license, CA DMV identification card, or out-of-state drivers' license. If you don't have one of these forms of ID, you can contact our office regarding other accepted identification. 


$25 cash (exact change) for the Department of Justice fee.


Proof of Inability to pay. LiveScans are free to those who are unable to pay. You can prove inability to pay by bringing either paystubs or proof of government assistance. Proof of government assistance includes CalWORKS, MediCal, disability insurance, housing assistance, food stamps, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or unemployment benefits. 


Live Scan Event Flyer [pdf] 



Please Help Support the Record Clearance Project

The Record Clearance Project relies upon support from donations.  To donate, please click here and specify the Record Clearance Project in the "Other Purpose" box.

Or mail a check made out to "The Tower Foundation" to:

The Tower Foundation, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192-0256.  Please note “Record Clearance Project” in the memo line.  (The Tower Foundation is SJSU’s auxiliary organization and is a 501c3 accepting philanthropic donations for use at San José State University.)


Contact the RCP


TEL: (408) 924-2758

Record Clearance Project on Facebook