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Criminal Record Expungement


In 2014 The Alabama State Legislature passed a law allowing, in certain situations, a criminal charge on a person’s record to be removed. The following is information and forms to assist attorneys or petitioners on filing for an expungement.

Criminal Record Expungement FAQ

Checklists for Expungement


Qualified Charges for Expungement
A non-felony charge (a misdemeanor criminal offense, a violation, a traffic violation OR a municipal ordinance violation) may be expunged if one of the following criteria are met:
  • the charge was dismissed with prejudice
  • the charge was no billed by a grand jury
  • the defendant was found not guilty of the charge
  • the charge was dismissed without prejudice more than two years ago, has not been refiled, and the defendant has not been convicted of any other felony or misdemeanor crime, any violation, or any traffic violation, excluding minor traffic violations, during the previous two years
A non-violent felony charge may be expunged if:
  • if the charge was dismissed with prejudice
  • the charge was no billed by a grand jury
  • the defendant was found not guilty of the charge
  • the charge was dismissed after successful completion of a drug court program, mental health court program, diversion program, veteran's court, or any court-approved deferred prosecution program AND more than one year has passed from the successful completion of the program
  • if the charge was dismissed without prejudice more than five years ago, was not refiled, and the petitioner has not been convicted of any other felony or misdemeanor crime, any violation, or any traffic violation, excluding minor traffic violations, during the previous five years
  • ninety days have passed from the date of dismissal with prejudice, no-bill, acquittal, or nolle prosequi and the charge has not been refiled

Files required to file for an expungement
  • a certified criminal history record from ALEA (see below)
AND one of the following:
  • a certified record of arrest from the appropriate law enforcement agency for the court record
  • a certified record of disposition from the appropriate court for the court record
  • a certified record of the case action summary from the appropriate court for the court record

Requirements for a certified Criminal History Record from the ALEA Records and Identification Division
  • completely fill out the request form (Section C of the Expungement Kit below)
  • an official set of the petitioner’s fingerprints that may be obtained from ALEA Headquarters in Montgomery or a local law enforcement agency
  • a copy of the petitioner’s photo ID
  • $25 ($5.00 for each additional copy)

Kit, Orders & Forms