By Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal
A non-disclosure can generally be described as “hiding” a criminal record from the public. This means your record never really goes away. Certain agencies and entities can always view your criminal record.
You can read about eligibility requirements here for a petition for non-disclosure.
Here is the list currently provided by the Texas Government Code 411.081(i) of agencies that can see non-disclosed criminal records.
- The State Board for Educator Certification;
- School Districts;
- Charter Schools;
- Private Schools;
- Regional education-service center;
- Commercial-transportation companies;
- Education shared-service arrangement companies;
- Texas Medical Board;
- Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired;
- Board of Law Examiners;
- State Bar of Texas;
- A District Court regarding petition for name change;
- Texas School for the deaf;
- Department of Family and Protective Services;
- Texas Youth Commission;
- Department of Assistive and Rehabilitation Services;
- Department of State Health Services;
- Local mental health services;
- Local mental retardation authorities;
- Community centers providing services to mentally ill or retarded persons;
- Texas Private Security Board;
- Municipal or volunteer fire departments;
- Texas Board of Nursing;
- Safe houses providing shelter to children in harmful situations;
- Public or non-profit hospital districts;
- Texas Juvenile Probation Commission;
- Securities Commissioner;
- Banking Commissioner;
- Savings and Mortgage Lending Commissioner;
- Consumer Credit Commissioner;
- Credit Union Commissioner;
- State Board of Public Accounting;
- Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation;
- Health and Human Services Commission;
- Department of Aging and Disability Services;
- Texas Education Agency;
- Guardianship Certification Board;
- County Clerks office in regards to appointment of a guardian;
- Department of Information Resources;
- Court Reporters Certification Board;
- Texas Department of Insurance;
- Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
Non-dislclosures should not be confused with expunctions which are generally a complete destruction of a criminal case on one’s record. You can read about expunctions here.
*Jeremy Rosenthal is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and licensed by the Supreme Court of Texas. Nothing in this article is intended to be legal advice. For legal advice about any situation you should contact an attorney directly.