2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 2A - ADMINISTRATION OF CIVIL AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Section 2A:168A-2 - Application for license, certificate; grounds for refusal; written statement.
2A:168A-2 Application for license, certificate; grounds for refusal; written statement.
2.Notwithstanding the contrary provisions of any law or rule or regulation issued pursuant to law, no State, county or municipal department, board, officer or agency, hereinafter referred to as "licensing authority" authorized to pass upon the qualifications of any applicant for a license or certificate of authority or qualification to engage in the practice of a profession or business or for admission to an examination to qualify for such a license or certificate may disqualify or discriminate against an applicant for a license or certificate or an application for admission to a qualifying examination on the grounds that the applicant has been convicted of a crime, or adjudged a disorderly person, except that a licensing authority may disqualify or discriminate against an applicant for a license or certificate if N.J.S.2C:51-2 or any disqualifying criminal activity set forth in subsection a. of section 7 of P.L.2009, c.53 (C.17:11C-57) is applicable, or if a conviction for a crime relates adversely to the occupation, trade, vocation, profession or business for which the license or certificate is sought. In determining that a conviction for a crime relates adversely to the occupation, trade, vocation, profession or business, the licensing authority shall explain in writing how the following factors, or any other factors, relate to the license or certificate sought:
a.The nature and duties of the occupation, trade, vocation, profession or business, a license or certificate for which the person is applying;
b.Nature and seriousness of the crime;
c.Circumstances under which the crime occurred;
d.Date of the crime;
e.Age of the person when the crime was committed;
f.Whether the crime was an isolated or repeated incident;
g.Social conditions which may have contributed to the crime;
h.Any evidence of rehabilitation, including good conduct in prison or in the community, counseling or psychiatric treatment received, acquisition of additional academic or vocational schooling, successful participation in correctional work-release programs, or the recommendation of persons who have or have had the applicant under their supervision.
L.1968, c.282, s.2; amended 1974, c.161, s.3; 1981, c.487, s.4; 2009, c.53, s.71.
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