If my criminal record has been expunged, do I still need to disclose it on my gaming license application?
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Q: If my criminal record has been expunged, do I still need to disclose the incident on my gaming license application?

A: Typically, yes, depending on how the application question is phrased. In order to protect the integrity of casino gaming, regulatory bodies will refuse to license individuals convicted or charged with any and all felonies and certain misdemeanors that involve gambling, theft, dishonesty and moral turpitude. The disclosure of such charges, whether or not they are still included on one's criminal history report, is often mandatory. Providing false or misleading information to regulators during the licensing process will inevitably lead to further investigation and difficulties in obtaining licensure. Also typically, gaming regulators will respect an "expungement" and will not take adverse licensing action against someone for a matter that has been expunged if the person is forthright in disclosing this information.

Gaming industry advisor Regulatory Management Counselors, P.C. authored this article. Visit the Gaming Advisors section of this website to find out more about gaming licensing and compliance advisors.