The Compilation of Federal Collateral Consequences is a searchable online database of the restrictions and disqualifications imposed by federal statutes and regulations because of an individual’s criminal record. Examples of collateral consequences are legal bars to employment, licensing, housing, and education; limitations on voting and other civil rights; registration and residency restrictions; and ineligibility for government benefits and opportunities. Also included in the database are background check requirements, and relief provisions such as judicial expungement and certificates of good conduct. Penalties imposed by sentencing courts, such as probation, restitution, and fines are direct consequences of conviction and are thus not included.

Separate databases of state collateral consequences are being developed and will be accessible through this site as they become available. Federal collateral consequences will also be searchable through each of these state databases.

This site was developed and is maintained by the Collateral Consequences Resource Center (CCRC). Its data is based on research originally conducted by the American Bar Association under a grant from the National Institute of Justice pursuant to the Court Security Act of 2007, reorganized and brought up to date by CCRC staff. Additional information about collateral consequences, including information about relief mechanisms available in each U.S. jurisdiction, is accessible at the CCRC website, www.ccresourcecenter.org.

By accessing this database the user acknowledges that the information contained in it is intended only for educational and informational purposes, and does not constitute legal advice.