Clean your record

Reduce the impact of your California criminal record. Although true expungement does not exist in California, there may be options to clean your record depending on your situation.



The law related to cleaning your record is complicated. If you ever get stuck, consider getting legal help.


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Not a U.S. citizen? 

Your involvement with the court can be more complicated and may affect your legal status.  Before continuing, learn more about Record Cleaning for Non-Citizens.

How to ask to clean your record

The way to ask to clean your record is different depending on your situation. What you choose to do, or what's possible, can depend on why you want to clean your record and what type of criminal record you have. 

To get started, answer a few questions to get instructions for your situation.

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