Use of Sealed Criminal Records

On June 6, 2016, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed legislation (H.B. 2397) regarding the use of information contained in sealed criminal records.

Pursuant to the House Bill 2397, employers, educational institutions, state and local government agencies, officials, and employees may not, in any application or interview or otherwise, require an applicant to disclose any information contained in sealed records.

In addition, an applicant need not, in answer to any question concerning arrest and criminal records, provide information that has been sealed, including any reference to or information concerning such sealed information and may state that no such action has ever occurred. Such an application may not be denied solely because of the refusal of the applicant to disclose arrest and criminal records information that has been sealed.

The law goes into effect on November 1, 2016.

Read OK H.B. 2397