Expunction Forms (Clear an Arrest Record)
The forms at the toolkit let you know how to clear an arrest from your record. This process is known as expunction.
Click the links above for the forms, information, and instructions.
This toolkit includes:
- Instructions & Forms you can use to file an expunction case called a “Petition for Expunction of Criminal Records" (as long as you meet the legal requirements).
- Frequently Asked Questions about clearing an arrest from your record.
- Not everyone can get an expunction. In some cases, you may be able to seal your record even if you cannot expunge it. Use the Fresh Start app to see if you may be eligible for expunction or record sealing (also called nondisclosure).
Do NOT use this toolkit if:
- you were pardoned, acquitted or released with a judge’s finding of actual innocence, or
- charges were never filed and the statute of limitation has not expired, or
- you have not been tried and the prosecutor recommends expunction, or
- your case involves a “waiting period” and “discretionary expunctions” which require the prosecutor’s assistance and participation in the expunction petition, or
- you have an error on your criminal history record because someone else used your name when he or she was arrested, or
- You have been convicted of any similar crimes in the past, or
- The arrest you want expunged involved multiple crimes, some of which you were convicted of or may still be prosecuted for.
- Order of Nondisclosure - Under certain circumstances, you may ask the court for an order of nondisclosure. This legally frees you from having to disclose certain criminal offenses. An order of nondisclosure also prohibits certain agencies and entities from disclosing information about certain criminal records. Get more information and the forms here: What is a nondisclosure and how do I get one?