If you have to appear at a hearing, you must arrive at the time, date, and place specified in the notice of hearing. When your hearing begins, you will appear in a room before a hearing officer (also called an administrative law judge). The administrative law judge will swear you in and then ask you questions specific to your case. The administrative law judge will also give you an opportunity to make a statement. In this statement, you should explain why you should be granted a fingerprint clearance card, despite your criminal history. You may want to describe positive steps you have taken since your most recent offense to change your criminal behavior.
The hearing itself will be informal in the sense that it will be much like a conversation between you and the hearing officer. However, you should not be disrespectful to the hearing officer. Also, you should keep in mind that in this process, you have the burden of proving that you are rehabilitated. Although the administrative law judge may have questions to ask, you should be prepared to demonstrate why you should be given a fingerprint clearance card.