How do I get my records expunged?

If your case meets certain conditions, you may ask the court to expunge a criminal record. Expungement removes information about a case from court and law enforcement records. Make sure you keep copies of all 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.

See the following publications for detailed information on how to request expungement of an adult record:

Filing Fees for Expungement

Is there a fee for filing for expungement?

  • Form CC-DC-CR-072A. In District Court only, there is no charge to expunge a verdict of acquittal, dismissal, probation before judgment (PBJ), nolle prosequi, stet, or not criminally responsible disposition. Contact the Circuit Court where you are filing for information on fees.
  • 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

Expungement Eligibility

The tool below will guide you through questions to see if you are eligible to file for expungement. It will also help you determine which form to use.


Last updated: February 2018