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
If your records are ordered sealed, the Court will send copies of the order to the agencies you have listed. When all of those agencies have informed the Court that their records have been sealed, you will be notified of the completion of the sealing. This process can be quite lengthy; it generally takes several months from the filing of the petition to the complete sealing of your records.
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 the court denies your application, an order is sent back to the probation officer assigned to the case. The court will also send you a letter to notify you that your application was denied. You can resubmit application to seal, but only within the parameters of the court's decision. (i.e. if court denied because they want you to show a longer period of time for rehabilitation, you may resubmit after the allotted time. If court denied because you did not pay a fine, the court may say that you can resubmit once fine has been paid.)