An expungement is the removal, sealing, impounding, or isolation of all records on file within any court, detention or correctional facility, law enforcement or criminal justice agency. A court-ordered expungement can remove the following information:
You can apply for an expungement using the eCourts Expungement System. It's free. You will need your case number to get started.
Once you have registered, you can follow the user guide to file an expungement petition. (Note: The user guide is in English only.)
Legal Services of New Jersey has a helpful explanation of the expungement process.
Learn more about how to get court records.
In most cases, you must wait five years after your sentence is served. All fines and fees must be paid. Sometimes, you can file for expungement after 4 years. You can expunge no more than one indictable conviction and up to three disorderly persons offenses or petty disorderly persons offenses.
Other Types of Expungements
Arrests not resulting in convictions (Expedited Expungements) - N.J.S.A. 2C:52-6
The court can order an immediate expungement if a case is dismissed or the defendant is acquitted and found not guilty on all counts.
Recovery Court, formerly known as Drug Court, Expungement - N.J.S.A. 2C:35-14(m)
The court can order the recovery court expungement when you graduate from the program. You only need to apply if the graduation took place before to April 18, 2016.
Marijuana Expungement - N.J.S.A. 2C:52-5.1
An expungement of certain marijuana or hashish offenses.
Clean Slate Expungement - N.J.S.A. 2C:52-5.3
An expungement of your entire record ten years after your last conviction, payment of fines/fees, completion of probation/parole, whichever is later.
A court appearance is not always required, but you might be asked to come to court to provide additional information in your case.
The court system can be confusing, and it is a good idea to get a lawyer if you can. If you cannot afford a lawyer, you can contact the legal services program in your county to see if you qualify for free legal services.
Legal Services of New Jersey maintains a directory of regional legal services offices.
The New Jersey State Bar Association maintains a list of lawyer referral services in New Jersey that might be helpful.