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 order will direct the agencies you listed on your application to seal your record, and also direct them to respond to anyone asking about your juvenile record to say, “The applicant has no record.” Once your record is sealed, you may legally say that you do not have a juvenile record.
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
If your application is denied, you will receive a copy of the Court Order JV590 Form where the judge has marked whether the order was granted or denied. If your application was submitted by an attorney, then your copy of the Court Order will probably go back to the attorney. If you are eligible to reapply, sometimes the judge will indicate a time frame after which you may reapply. If this is no indicated on the court order, you may contact the probation department or your attorney with questions. You will not receive a reimbursement of your application fee, and will likely have to pay it again if you reapply.