What is an Order of Nondisclosure?
An order of nondisclosure is a court order prohibiting public entities such as courts and police departments from disclosing certain criminal records. If you have a criminal record, you may benefit from obtaining such an order. You are not required to disclose information related to an offense that is the subject of an order of nondisclosure.
Please note that an order of nondisclosure applies to a particular criminal offense. The order does not apply to all offenses that may be on your criminal history record, but you may obtain multiple orders of nondisclosure for multiple offenses.
As mentioned above, an order of nondisclosure prohibits entities holding information about a certain offense on your criminal history record from disclosing that information. This is a general rule. There are exceptions. Certain state agencies may still obtain information concerning an offense that is the subject of an order of nondisclosure.
Please click the link below for more an overview of nondisclosures in Texas.
The information, instructions, and forms provided in this resource assume that you have:
- Determined that you meet the basic eligibility requirements to get an order of nondisclosure AND
- Identified the type of nondisclosure that applies to your specific offense.
You are only eligible for an order of nondisclosure under Section 411.0736 of the Texas Government Code if:
- You were convicted of a Driving While Intoxicated misdemeanor offense under Section 49.04, Penal Code.
- The offense was not a Class A misdemeanor under Section 49.04.
- Generally, a Driving While Intoxicated offense is a Class B misdemeanor. If it was determined that your blood alcohol was greater than .15, the offense is a more serious Class A misdemeanor and not eligible for nondisclosure.
- The circumstances of your case did NOT result in a motor vehicle accident involving another person, including a passenger in your vehicle.
- You complied with all terms of your sentence, including any term of confinement imposed and payment of all fines, costs and restitution.
- You have never been previously convicted of or placed on deferred adjudication community supervision for another offense, other than a traffic offense punishable by fine only.
Waiting Period - IMPORTANT
You are eligible to file a petition for order of nondisclosure under Section 411.0736 accordingly:
- On or after the third anniversary of the date you completed your sentence, only if a condition of your sentence was that for a period of not less than six months you were required to drive a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device.
- On or after the fifth anniversary of the date you completed your sentence if you were not ordered to have an ignition interlock device for more than six months.
Obtaining a nondisclosure under Section 411.0736 - Procedure
- In order to obtain an order of nondisclosure under Section 411.0736, if you are eligible, you must file a petition.
- The form and instructions for obtaining an order of nondisclosure under Section 411.0736 are available below.
- A nondisclosure petition is always filed into the court where your original case was heard.
- You will have to pay the filing fee, or submit a Statement of Inability to Afford Costs.
- The filing fee must be paid at the time you file the petition.
- You do not have to pay the clerk to notify the prosecutor of your petition.
- Under Section 411.0745(e), Government Code, the court must notify the prosecutor.
- You will have to attend a hearing setting. The court will give you your hearing date or tell you how to obtain a hearing setting with the court.
- You may have to contact the court to request a hearing.
- The prosecutor has the opportunity to respond to your petition with either an objection or non-objection.
- You MUST make arrangements to attend the hearing setting.
- Additionally, if the court issues an order of nondisclosure, you do not have to pay the clerk to notify law enforcement.
- Under Section 411.075, Government Code, the clerk must notify the Crime Records Service Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety (hereinafter “DPS”) of the order of nondisclosure, and DPS must notify the law enforcement agencies and entities listed in the statute.
Forms and Instructions Below
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Please see the forms and instructions for this type of order of nondisclosure directly below.
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