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To Apply for a Certificate of Good Conduct
Once the waiting period has passed,
request the application by mailing a request to:
Certificate Review Unit
New York State Division of Parole
845 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
The Certificate Review Unit will mail you an application that is about 6
pages long. Complete the form to the best of your ability, and make sure
you list all the prisons and jails in which you have been incarcerated.
You must have the form notarized before mailing it back to the Certificate
Review Unit in Albany.
If you have worked in the last three years, you will have to provide proof
that you have paid income taxes. The Certificate Review Unit will look
over your application to make sure that you are eligible to apply for a
Certificate of Good Conduct and then will assign your application to a parole
officer in the county where you live. The parole officer will conduct an
investigation into your rehabilitation. He or she will want to meet with
you in your home. After the investigation, the parole officer will send a
report to the Parole Board and will recommend whether or not you should be
granted a Certificate. The Board will consider the report at one of its
monthly meetings and will send you notification of its decision by mail.
It takes at least 6 months to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct. If
you need your Certificate in a hurry, you should explain why in a letter when
you send the Certificate Review Unit your completed application form. When
a job or occupational license is at stake, they make every effort to speed up
the application process.