Welcome to LSNJ’s Clearing Your Record Online toolkit. Here, you can find out whether you are eligible to expunge your criminal record, create forms you will need to submit to the court, access instructional videos, and find other resources to help you with expungement. The expungement resources available at Clearing Your Record Online were recently updated to reflect changes in the law effective April 18, 2016.
Before you start
- LSNJ’s interactive interviews are not currently supported by mobile devices, such as phones and tablets. In order to complete the interview, you will need to use a desktop or laptop computer. If you do not have access to a desktop or laptop computer, you may still find other helpful resources here that are mobile-friendly, such as instructional videos, forms, and the Clearing Your Record manual.
- Our eligibility interview can only help with expungement of New Jersey criminal records, not out-of-state criminal records. What if I have a record in another state?
- A judge in the Superior Court in the county where you were arrested or convicted will decide whether to approve your request for expungement. This site will tell you if you may be eligible to expunge and help you fill out the forms, but only a judge can decide whether or not to grant your request.
- If you decide to apply for expungement after completing our eligibility interview, you will need your entire adult and juvenile record in New Jersey, including the date of arrest, the statute number of the offense, the date you were convicted or pled guilty, the disposition of your case, and the status of any penalties imposed on you at sentencing, to complete the actual forms. Click here for information on how to get your entire New Jersey criminal record from the state police.
Once you are ready, you can click on the link below to answer some questions about your record. It should take between 10 and 20 minutes, depending on your record. When you are finished, we will let you know if your record is expungeable, and whether there is a waiting period before you can apply. If you can apply now, you will be able to go directly to the forms to complete them online. You cannot submit them online though. You will need to print and mail them.
If you are low-income and need additional help, you can apply online for help from Legal Services of New Jersey at www.lsnjlawhotline.org.
If you have determined you are eligible for expungement, click below to fill out forms to expunge your record.