Request a time-based expungement of your criminal record

Find out how to expunge your criminal record if you've met the minimum time requirements and learn what paperwork you'll need to file.

Office of the Commissioner of Probation

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Having a criminal record expunged means that the record will be permanently destroyed so that it's no longer accessible by the court or any other state, municipal, or county agencies. It's not the same as having a record sealed

To expunge your record, you'll need to fill out the Petition to Expunge Form. If you want, you can also provide additional information to support your petition. The process is free. 

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How to request Request a time-based expungement of your criminal record

Please mail the petition to:

Office of the Commissioner of Probation 
One Ashburton Place, Room 405
Boston, MA 02108

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If it's determined that you meet all of the criteria listed on your petition, the office will notify the District Attorney's Office in the county where the offense was prosecuted. The District Attorney then has the right to respond, if they choose to. If the District Attorney's Office objects to the petition, then a hearing will be held. If there is no objection, a hearing may be held at the discretion of the court, but it's not required.

If the expungement is granted, the clerk will provide you with a copy of the expungement order. However, if you want copies of the records, any documents that you filed, or the petition, you must make copies before the court orders expungement. Once the record is destroyed, you won't be able to get a copy from the court.

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Address
1 Ashburton Place, Room 405, Boston, MA 02108
Fax
(617) 727-8483
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