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File Petition and Certificate of Eligibility with Court & Serve Prosecutor

- You must Purchase Certificate(s) AND File Petition(s) within 90 days from date BCI responds to your application

What you should know about Step 2

Now that you have your Certificate List from the Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI), you have completed Step 1 of the expungement process.   

STEP 2 requires you to petition the court to grant your expungement because a judge makes the final decision on expungement.  To do this, you need to fill out a petition for each certificate number and file it with the court.  Copies need to be provided to the prosecutor.   

  • You must complete this task and file these documents with the court within 180 days from the date listed on your certificate list.  (Otherwise, you will need to start the application process over.) 
  • You will need to have an email address and access to a printer to complete this portion of the process. 
  • The petition form will ask you for some information not found on your certificate. This information can be found on the record’s case docket. Use the case number on your certificate to access the case docket information at MyCase. 
    • Dockets exist only for cases with an assigned 9-digit number. 9-digit numbers are not assigned to very old cases and where charges were never filed.  If you leave any requested information blank, you can still proceed and file the petition but it may delay processing and a court clerk may reach out to you for additional information.  

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