What is an Expungement?
Expungement is the removal of records from public inspection. In Maryland, records may be expunged from 1) Motor Vehicle Administration files; 2) police files and/or; 3) court and police files. Each process removes very specific files and must be done through the proper agency. You must apply for expungement of each arrest based on the date of arrest and according to the disposition. There is NO process that expunges the records from ALL agencies.
Who is eligible?
To determine if you are eligible to apply for an expungement, please visit the Maryland Courts website: https://www.courts.state.md.us/legalhelp/expungement
How to apply for an Expungement?
The expungement process does not begin with the Criminal Justice Information System-Central Repository (CJIS-CR). To apply for an expungement of court records, please visit the Maryland Courts website: https://www.courts.state.md.us/legalhelp/expungement
To apply for an expungement of police records, when no charges were filed:
- Prior to 10/1/2007, if you were detained by a police agency, but were released without being charged, records may exist in police files. To get these records expunged, contact the arresting agency and ask the agency for specific information on how its process works. Expungements must be requested within eight (8) years of incident date. Go to the arresting agency where the arrest occurred.
- Effective 10/1/2007, if you were detained by a police agency, but were released without being charged, your police records will automatically be expunged within sixty (60) days after release.
For additional information on the expungement process please contact the District or Circuit Court of Maryland location nearest you or visit the Maryland Court's website at www.courts.state.md.us
Please download Form ITCD-70-RWOC and send it to the Criminal Justice Information System-Central Repository to request the removal of an arrest associated with released without being charged from the CJIS-CR