Once a judge reviews your application they will either grant or deny your request to seal your juvenile record. A judge may choose to deny your application for reasons including a lack of rehabilitation, adult charges, and crimes of moral turpitude.
If your application is granted
The Court will send a record sealing order to all of the agencies involved in your case, which includes, but is not limited to, police agencies, probation agencies, and courts. The record seal will direct the agencies you list on your Petition to Seal to seal your record and to respond to any request of this information as “The applicant has no record”. Once your record is sealed, you may respond to any inquiry regarding a juvenile record that you have none. El Dorado County only sends the Order to Seal Records to agencies located in El Dorado county. If you have had contact with agencies outside of El Dorado county, you may need to apply to seal records in those counties. However, in your application to seal in El Dorado county, you should still list all the agencies you've had contact with despite even if those agencies are outside of El Dorado county.
The court mandates that the listed agencies comply with the Order to Seal 30 days after receiving it.
Sealing a juvenile record does not affect the ability of insurance companies to access your records through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in Sacramento, nor will it prevent the Federal Government, including branches of the military service, from accessing your sealed records pursuant to Section 781 of the Welfare and Institutions code.
All juvenile records must be reported even though sealed when applying for a security clearance or employment with a private company that engages in business with the Federal Government.
If your application is denied
You will be notified by mail and will receive a copy of the judge's order denying your petition to seal your juvenile records. If you have been denied "without prejudice" you may resubmit your application once you have resolved the issues blocking the seal on your record, such as paying restitution or waiting a longer period of time to show rehabilitation. You will need to repay the sealing fee and will not be refunded for the payment you previously made for the seal. If you do not receive the order, you should check in with your probation officer.