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CHART 2: Character and Fitness Determinations


                         Does your        Will a felony      Does a       Do your rules   What categories of conditional                           Does your
                      jurisdiction have  conviction bar     separate       provide for   admission do your rules permit?                        jurisdiction have
                                          an applicant   entity evaluate   conditional
                          published                      character and     admission?                                                             a structured
                       character and          from           fitness?                                                                             program for
                                          admission?
                            fitness                                                                                                                 deferring
                        standards?*                                                                                                               admission?

Jurisdiction          Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes No                                        Substance                                              Yes No
                                                                                            abuse
                                                                                                    Mental
                                                                                                        disability
                                                                                                                  Debt
                                                                                                                            Criminal
                                                                                                                               history
                                                                                                                                         Other

Alabama                  X XX                                                X                                                                         X

Alaska                X                  XXX                                                                                                           X

Arizona               X                  X XX XXXXX                                                                                                    X

Arkansas              X                  XXX                                                                                                    X

California               X XXX                                                                                                                  X

Colorado              X                  XX                                  X                                                                         X

Connecticut           X                  X XX XX                                                                                                       X

Delaware                 X XXX                                                                                                                         X

District of Columbia     X               X                X                  X                                                                         X

Florida               X                  X XX XX                                                                                                X

Georgia               X                  XX                                  X                                                                         X

Hawaii                   X XXX                                                                                                                         X

Idaho                 X                  X XX XXXXX                                                                                                    X

Illinois              X                  XX X XXX                                                                                                      X

Indiana               X                  XX                               X              XXXXX                                                  X

Iowa                     X XXX                                                                                                                         X

Kansas                XX                                  XX                                                                                           X

Kentucky              X                  XX X XXXXX                                                                                                    X

Louisiana             X                  XX X XXXXX                                                                                                    X

Maine                    X X XX                                                                                                                        X

Maryland                 X XX                                                X                                                                         X

Massachusetts         X                  XXX                                                                                                           X

Michigan              X                  XX                                  X                                                                         X

Minnesota             X                  X XX XXXXX X

Mississippi           X                  XX                                  X                                                                         X

Missouri              X                  XXX                                                                                                           X

Montana               X                  XX X XXXXX                                                                                                    X

Nebraska              X                  X XX XXXXX                                                                                                    X

Nevada                X                  XX X XXXXX X

New Hampshire         X                  XX                                  X                                                                         X

New Jersey            X                  XX X XXXXX                                                                                                    X

New Mexico            X                  X XX XXXXX                                                                                                    X

New York                 X XX                                                X                                                                         X

North Carolina        X                  XXX                                                                                                           X

North Dakota          X                  X XX XXXXX                                                                                                    X

Ohio                  X                  XX                                  X                                                                         X

Oklahoma                 X XXX                                                                                                                         X

*While every jurisdiction evaluates the character and fitness of applicants for admission, not all publish codified standards under which they do so.

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