As more states try to cut costs by requiring people to get their own welfare checks, some are wondering, does a welfare check to go on your record? The short answer is no. The long answer is complicated.
First, there’s the confusing part. There are two different types of welfare programs in the United States. The most well-known is food stamps, which are made possible through an application process and are designed as a way for the federal government to test out the ability of the applicants to take care of themselves before they become too much of a burden on the system. Another popular program is Medicaid, which covers medical and other expenses for low-income families.
So, what does a welfare check to go on your record? There is no clear answer, because it really depends on what you signed when you filled out your application. For instance, if you were a disabled teen who was accepted at a specific college and later decided to drop out and move out of state, that would be recorded. If you went off to college and stayed out of trouble after school, that would also be recorded. In both cases, the record of your welfare use would last for two years.
But what about someone who just has a minor traffic ticket? Does a record of that go on your record? Probably not. What usually happens is that your case is marked as “filed” or “settled.” That doesn’t technically mean anything. It just means that the agency that filed the paperwork with the state has taken it to court and had it ruled on.
A negative judgement may not legally come up on your record. It may, however, appear on your credit report. The only way that you can avoid having this happen is to be very careful about what goes on your personal record. If you do find something, there are ways to have it taken off.
For instance, you can ask to have certain items removed from your record. For example, someone who has been convicted of assault, drug abuse, domestic violence or something similar in the past can ask to have those entries deleted. Similarly, if you were convicted of stealing in the past, you can ask for the records to be stricken. The fact that you are asking for a welfare check and then using it to check on someone else, the process is considered an invasion of privacy, so any attempts to get records taken off of you in this way will probably be denied.