What information is required to apply for a GCW?

Important! Incomplete applications will delay the application review process. Please review the application for all required attachments prior to submitting.

A completed Application for Good Cause Waiver AND:

  • A complete Explanation of Background Screening Finding form for EACH arrest/investigation that resulted in the disqualifying offense or incident. Include what happened, how it happened, why it happened, when and where it happened, any person present at the time, and the circumstances from your point of view. Include why you feel your Good Cause Waiver should be approved.

  • Attach one (1) sponsorship letter from a previous or current employer stating how long the person has known you and why they feel you should be recommended for a Good Cause Waiver. If you are unable to obtain a sponsorship letter, submit 3 reference letters from persons who are knowledgeable of your character and employment history. The reference letters cannot be from someone related to or residing with you.
  • Attach a completed Employment History form noting previous employment since the age of 18.

Include (if applicable):

  • Copies of the investigative report(s) for each child abuse/neglect finding. The report is at least 10 pages long and is available to you by contacting the Department of Social Services, Children’s Division Office in the county where the incident(s) occurred.

  • Explain any pending disqualifying criminal history offenses or any pending reports that may lead to your inclusion on the DSS Child Abuse/Neglect Registry or the Department of Health and Senior Services or Department of Mental health disqualification registries.

  • Include certified copies of the charging documents for all pending criminal charges and provide a statement explaining the circumstances of the offense.

  • If you have ever been refused a professional license, certificate, or registration by any public or governmental licensing board, agency or regulatory authority, explain the incident that led to the disciplinary action.

  • Any documentation that, in your opinion, supports your application for a GCW by demonstrating rehabilitation, positive lifestyle change, etc.

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