You may have made mistakes in your past that limit the opportunities available to you now in terms of employment, housing, and other matters. If this is the case, you may be able to apply to obtain a CROP. The acronym stands for Certification of Restoration of Opportunity, and when granted allows you  to declare that you have successfully completed your rehabilitation.

CROPs have been available in Washington state since 2016, and they may be able to remove at least some of the difficult consequences of your past. If you do not qualify for vacation of conviction, a CROP may be your best, and possibly only, option for a second chance.

What does a CROP do?

With a few exceptions, a CROP will allow you to obtain an occupational license for which you would have been ineligible before because of your criminal record. This means that, as long as the license you seek is not one of the exceptions to a CROP that the law allows, the licensing authority cannot deny you a license solely on the basis of your criminal record.

The law does not require housing providers or employers to consider a CROP, but they have the option to do so if they choose. Therefore, while a CROP does not guarantee that you can obtain a job or house despite your criminal record, it may improve your chances.