Below are the 3 main documents needed to prove your identify and apply for certain resources and employment after release.
Security Cards can be requested by mail or in person at the Social Security Administration office. In person is recommended. The general process is Application (Form SS-5), Provide proof of identity, Free. Locate nearest SSA office: www.ssa.gov/locator
Birth Certificates can be requested Dept of Public Health or the County Recorder's Office (county where you were born). The general process is Fill out Request Form, Notarize, Present photo ID, Pay Fee. * If you were born outside the US and then became a citizen through the naturalization process, you will need your naturatliation certificate
Drivers License and ID are obtained at local Dept of Motor Vehicle Office. The general process is Application (must write in Social Security Number), Provide proof of Birthday and Legal Presence. Pay Fee (may qualify for reduced fee). Find nearest DMV: www.dmv.ca.gov
Most men 18-25 who are U.S. citizens or are immigrants living in the U.S. are required to register with Selective Service. Nothing happens unless there is a crisis requiring a draft. If you do not register, you will not be eligible for federal (and CA state) student aid, federal job training, a federal job, U.S. citizenship, other assistance programs. You may be prosecuted and face a stiff fine and/or jail time. If you did not register, it may not be too late. Request a Status Information Letter from Selective Service by (1) calling 847-688-6888, OR (2) obtain a request form www.sss.gov/pdfs/status.pdf. Send it back with documentation showing that you were incarcerated, institutionalized, and/or hospitalized between the ages of 18 and 25, or that failure to register was not...
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Finish your High School Diploma in custody or after release at one of Five Keys multiple locations. All free of charge.
Contact EBI to check availability of college classes while in custody. Contact Five Keys for college pathway connection. Free classes while in custody and reduced tuition may be available after release. Information on BOG Waiver and FAFSA available
Enroll in Five Keys Career Technical Education (CTE) while in custody. Contact Five Keys for vocational education referrals.
Read your court order carefully and ask your probation/parole officer or DCFS case social worker for specific referrals. Some classes that meet requirements
may be available in custody. Often, classes need to be taken after release. Make this a priority upon release.
Call Root & Rebound Reentry Advice Hotline from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Friday on 510-279-4662 to speak directly to an attorney about your reentry issue and receive legal information, advice and referrals; Contact local County Bar Association www.lawhelpca.org