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This information is for reference and research purposes. This section explains the basic forms needed for Expungement of Record in a step by step format.

Expungement is controlled by 18 PACSA §9122. Generally, expungement is the process to "remove from general review" the records pertaining to an arrest, citation, or adjudication of summary or criminal charges. However, not all criminal records are eligible for expungement, and the records may not completely "disappear." Records may still be available to law enforcement and may still be considered a prior conviction for some purposes. Expungement is not automatic, and the court may choose not to grant the request.

To determine if your criminal records fall within the categories of records eligible to be expunged, consult an attorney.

We recommend that you use the printable checklist.

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Section 1 - Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History
Step 1. Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Record

Obtain a Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Record by doing one of the following:

  • Online Request
  • Submit a Request Form
    • Complete Criminal History Request Form
    • Obtain money order or Certified check payable to Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the amount of $22.00 for Fee Request or $27.00 for Notarized Fee Request
    • Mail Completed Form and Money order/Certified Check to

      Pennsylvania State Police Central Repository - 164
      1800 Elmerton Avenue
      Harrisburg, PA 17110-9758

      NOTE: the above information is subject to change see https://www.psp.pa.gov for updated information

Step 2. Photocopy

  • Make three (3) copies of your Criminal History Record

Section 2 - Form preparation
Step 1. Form preparation
Step 2. Signature

Sign and date the Petition and the Certificate of Service from Step 1 Form preparation that requires your signature

Step 3. Photocopies

Make three (3) copies of the signed and dated Petition and the Certificate of Service

Step 4. Packet assembly

Assemble into four (4) packets:

  • One (1) packet for the Clerk of Judicial Records-Criminal containing the following completed forms and documents:
    • Original Petition
    • Original Certificate of Service
    • Original Pennsylvania Criminal History Record
  • One (1) packet to be served on the Court Administration Office, one (1) packet to be served on the District Attorney's Office and one (1) packet for your records containing the following completed forms and documents:
    • Photocopy Petition
    • Photocopy Certificate of Service
    • Photocopy Pennsylvania Criminal History Record

Section 3 - Filing and Serving
Step 1. Filing

Take the following items to the Clerk of Judicial Records-Criminal office located in room 122 of Lehigh County Courthouse:

  • All four (4) completed packets from Section 2-Form Preparation step 4
  • Cash, check made payable to County of Lehigh or a money order in the amount of $256.00 to cover the Expungement filing fee. 
    For current Filing Fees see http://www.lccpa.org/criminal/CriminalCourtFees.pdf
  • One (1) Self addressed stamped envelope

NOTE: If you change your address after filing the motion, be sure to provide written notification of your new address.

Step 2. Serving

The easiest way to serve the District Attorney's Office and the Court Administration Office is to hand deliver to them while you are still at the Courthouse:

  • Hand deliver the time-stamped packet to the District Attorney's Office located in Room 307 on the 3rd floor the Lehigh County Courthouse.
  • Then hand deliver the other time-stamped packet to the Court Administrator's Office located in Room 614 on the 6th floor of the Lehigh County Courthouse, or

You may mail each to the address provided on the Certificate of Service

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We recommend that you use the printable checklist.

Disclaimer
The forms and instructions that are available from this website are not a substitute for professional legal advice. Court employees cannot give you legal advice or help you fill out /complete the forms. It is your responsibility to read and complete the forms and to take required steps to file and serve the documents. If you decide to use these forms in an actual action, be prepared to spend appropriate time gathering information, completing forms and following the Rules of Court. The Court assumes no responsibility for the use of these forms and accepts no liability for actions taken by using these documents, including reliance on the instructions and/or contents. To obtain legal advice and to insure the proper use of this material, you should contact a lawyer.

If you want to obtain the service of an attorney, but do not know whom to contact, you should visit the Lehigh Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service website.

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