CERT Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Requirements (Please Note)

All CERT volunteers must submit to a criminal history background check. This process includes a standard check of local and national records along with the National Sex Offenders Crimes Against Minors Registry.

All CERT volunteers must submit to a local DMV driving history check.

In both cases (Criminal History and Driving Records checks) there are events that can disqualify an applicant. The following offenses will automatically disqualify an applicant, however it is not the complete list. Certain other violations will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Criminal Events

  • Murder and manslaughter
  • Malicious wounding by mob
  • Abduction
  • Assaults and bodily woundings
  • Robbery
  • Carjacking
  • Threats of death or bodily injury
  • Sexual assault
  • Felony stalking
  • Arson
  • Burglary
  • Felony violation relating to possession of distribution of drugs
  • Drive-by shooting
  • Use of machine gun in a crime of violence
  • Aggressive use of machine gun
  • Use of sawed-off shotgun in crime of violence
  • Delivery of drugs to prisoners
  • Escape from jail
  • Felonies by prisoners
  • Failing to secure medical attention for injured children
  • Pandering
  • Crimes against nature involving children
  • Taking indecent liberties with children
  • Abuse and neglect of children
  • Obscenity offenses
  • Possession of child pornography or electronic facilitation of pornography
  • Incest
  • Abuse or neglect of incapacitated adults
  • Employing or permitting a minor to assist in an act constituting an obscenity offense
  • Conviction of any attempts or conspiracies to commit any of the aforesaid crimes
  • Any conviction for a crime against the person or property of a minor, felony, or misdemeanor, inclusive of the crimes set forth above.

Driving Events

  • No suspensions or revocations for other than administrative reasons (i.e. failure to pay fine, insurance monitoring, failure to pay child support) within the past 24 months;
  • No convictions of driving while intoxicated with, or under the influence of, alcohol or drugs within the past 36 months;
  • No convictions of reckless driving within the past 36 months;
  • No convictions of speeding 20 miles per hour or more within the past 12 months;
  • No declaration, determination or adjudication as a Habitual Offender until two years after driving privileges have been restored; and
  • No more than two convictions involving any moving violation within the last 12 months.