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File Petition and Certificate of Eligibility with Court & Serve Prosecutor

- You must Purchase Certificate(s) AND File Petition(s) within 180 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.  

  • You must complete this task and file these documents with the court before the expiration 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.
  • If you don’t care about expunging a certain charge or want to take a chance and wait for automatic expungement to take care of it, you are free to pick and choose which certificates you want to petition the court to expunge. Keep in mind petitions are FREE until June 30, 2023, at which time they will be $150 each.

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