How Do I Check if My Minor Record Has Been Expunged?

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A criminal record can cause you hardship, even if your crime was committed as a minor. Until your record is sealed or expunged you must disclose any convictions to employers. It can make it hard to obtain an education, get a job or volunteer for certain organizations. Every state will allow you to request your own criminal history. With a little time, effort and know-how you can see if your minor record has officially been expunged.

  • Research how to obtain a copy of your criminal record in the state where you were convicted of crimes. Most states use a Department of Justice to keep criminal records, while other states use specific branches of law enforcement.

  • Obtain a criminal history request application. Most states will have these forms available online. Fill the application out completely in blue or black ink.

  • Apply for a criminal history in the appropriate manner. Most states allow you to mail in the application with a set of fingerprints and payment of a fee. Pay the fee in the form of a US Postal money order.

  • Receive your criminal history. Look at the history for evidence of your minor criminal record. If they are on the history than you record was not expunged.

  • To proceed with expunging your record, contact your state's Department of Justice. There are different proceedings for adults and minors.

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