Sealing Criminal Records, or Expungement

In some cases, you can ask the court to seal your criminal record from public view. This used to be called expungement. It is now called Petition and Order to Seal. Your records won't be physically destroyed, but they will be sealed and treated as confidential. Below you will find several different resources for sealing your criminal record.
 

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Records That Cannot Be Sealed

  • sexual offense in which the victim was under the age of 18 years
  • felony in which you spent any time in the Arkansas Department of Corrections
  • Class Y felony
  • Class A or B felony that are not drug offenses
  • manslaughter
  • unclassified felony with a maximum sentence that was more than 10 years
  • violent felony

If any of the above is true, you will need to complete an application for pardon on the Arkansas Governor's website.

Before completing the Petition and Order to Seal forms, it helps to have your Judgment and Commitment Order. If you do not have this legal document, you can go to the clerk's office where you were sentenced and ask for a copy. The clerk may charge a small fee (generally $5) for the copies.

This section contains links that offer information about expungement laws in Arkansas. There are pdf fact sheets, pdf forms, and interactive forms to help you understand sealing your criminal records in Arkansas.

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These fact sheets are Adobe Acrobat pdf files. You may need to download the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.


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