- File your request in the court that heard the case
How do I get my records expunged?
If your case meets certain conditions, you may be able to ask the court to expunge a criminal record or juvenile record. Expungement removes information about a case from court and law enforcement records. Make sure you keep copies of all the expungement documents and the expungement order.
Expungement is different than Shielding. When a criminal record is shielded, it will no longer be on Case Search or be available to the public. To learn more, see Shielding Criminal Records.
Expungement of Adult Record
See the following publications for detailed information on how to request expungement of an adult record:
Expungement of Juvenile Record
To learn more about the expungement of juvenile records, see Juvenile Expungement.
For a summary of the law and process, see the following publication:
- Expungement of Juvenile Records (pdf) [Text]
- Eliminación de antecedentes judiciales de menores? (pdf) [Word]
- There is NO CHARGE in a juvenile matter if you were found “not involved.”
Filing Fees for Expungement
Is there a fee for filing for expungement?
NOTE: This fee schedule applies ONLY to District Court filings at this time. Contact the Circuit Court where you are filing for more information on the applicable fees.
- Form CC-DC-CR-072A. There is no charge to expunge a verdict of acquittal, dismissal, probation before judgment (PBJ), nolle prosequi, stet, or not criminally responsible disposition.
- Form CC-DC-CR-072B. The filing fee is $30 for eligible guilty dispositions and is nonrefundable, even if denied. The fee is for each case (not for each charge related within a unit of the case). If you cannot afford the fee, you may request that the court waive the filing fee
Last updated: October 2017