Expunge a Criminal Record | Georgia.gov

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You can restrict public access to your criminal records.

Certain criminal history records can be hidden or sealed from the public. People with a records restriction are able to apply for jobs, housing, or licenses without their record appearing on a background check. Your criminal record will not be permanently deleted or destroyed and will still be available to judicial officials and criminal justice agencies.

Arrests that qualify for restriction include, but are not limited to, cases that are closed without conviction and certain misdemeanors.

The process to restrict your records depends on the date of your arrest and which agency or prosecuting attorney processed your case. If your arrest occurred before July 1, 2013, the arresting agency needs to process your request. If your arrest occurred on or after July 1, 2013, contact the prosecuting attorney’s office directly. The prosecuting attorney may be an Attorney General, a district attorney, or the solicitor-general. 

Approved requests for records restrictions must be submitted to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) in order for the arrest to be removed from your public record.

You may wish to consult a lawyer before submitting a records restriction request. You can find a lawyer through the State Bar of Georgia.

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