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Find out if you can seal your criminal record

Find out which records are eligible to be sealed.

Effective Monday, July 20, 2020, the Office of the Commissioner of Probation will be open to the public by appointment only.  If you wish to make an appointment or speak with someone regarding sealing or expunging a record or have questions for the Records Unit, please call (617) 557-0225.

There are different eligibility requirements for sealing criminal records depending on whether or not there was a conviction. 

Sealing conviction records

The conviction sealing process is governed by MGL c. 276, § 100A. You can ask the Massachusetts Probation Service (MPS) to seal some criminal convictions. You can ask to seal a criminal record under these circumstances:

  • Misdemeanor — 3 years after you were found guilty or after any jail or prison time, whichever date is later.
  • Felony — 7 years after you were found guilty or after any jail or prison time, whichever date is later.

Additionally, you can move to seal a conviction for resisting arrest.

Sealing records without convictions

The non-conviction sealing process is governed by MGL c. 276, § 100C. You can ask the court where the offense originated to request to seal a criminal court record without a conviction for the following case results:

  • Not guilty finding  by a court or a jury
  • No bill returned by a grand jury (failure to indict)
  • No probable cause finding by a court
  • Dismissal without probation entered by a court
  • Nolle prosequi entered (entry on the record of no further prosecution by the prosecutor) 
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