State law governs the process of clearing, sealing or expunging a criminal record. These laws can be complex and many times are dependent by type of offense. If a person is eligible for record clearing and files a petition with the court, filing fees are usually required. NCSL’s Criminal Records and Reentry State Law Charts provide statutory citations and concise information on state laws related to record clearing and reentry.
PLEASE NOTE: The National Conference of State Legislatures is an organization serving state legislators and their staffs. This site provides general comparative information only and should not be relied upon or construed as legal advice. NCSL cannot provide assistance with individual cases. As such, the chart may be an underestimate of the total cost to seek record clearing for criminal convictions.
Record Clearing 50-State Charts
|Record Clearing by Offense
||This chart contains statutory information and prohibitions related to clearing adult conviction records based on the type of offenses including felonies, misdemeanors, offenses related to controlled substances and sexually based offenses. Information in the chart depicts the language and terminology from that state statute.
|Record Clearing Fees and Waivers
||Fees, like filing fees, docketing fees, administrative fees, issuance fees, or certificate fees, are sometimes required to clear records. This is a table with information on the fee states’ have established through statute for record clearing.
|Automatic Expungement of Adult Criminal Records
||This chart has information on states that have an automatic record clearing process in statute, including general eligibility requirements and disqualifications.