California Juvenile Record Sealing in a Nutshell
A California juvenile record is a log of all criminal activity in which a minor (under 18) participates. This may include arrest reports, judge’s findings and rulings, exhibits, and probation reports.
Your juvenile records appear on your criminal record. As of your 18th birthday, you are eligible to petition to have your juvenile records sealed. Once your records are sealed, no one can gain access to them and they will be completely destroyed 5 years from the date of sealing.
Juvenile records are not automatically sealed upon your 18th birthday. You must petition the juvenile court to have them sealed. You can do this by filling out a form and filing it with the juvenile court in the county where you were convicted. Contact the juvenile court in the county where you were convicted and ask them to send you a copy of the form used in that county. Check to see if they have any special filing requirements, such as additional photocopies or the need to serve copies of the petition on any government agencies, and get the correct information for filing by mail. Usually, there is no fee.
If you graduated from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of Juvenile Justice,your juvenile convictions will have been dismissed as part of your graduation. If you do not petition to have your juvenile records sealed and destroyed, they will remain on your record until your 38th birthday; then they will be destroyed.
Get Your California Criminal Record Rap Sheet
Request for Live Scan Service: Form No. BCIA 8016RR
Be sure to check the box for “Record Review, ” fill out all your personal information and take the completed form to any Live Scan site for fingerprinting services. To find the Live Scan site nearest to you, click here.
FBI Rap Sheet
FBI website with instructions and forms. Order this if you have a criminal record in more than one state.
California Juvenile Criminal Record Forms & Instructions
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice: Seal It: How to Seal Your Juvenile Record in California
Marin County Probation: Record Sealing Application
San Luis Obispo County Probation: Application for Juvenile Court Petition to Seal Records
Other California Juvenile Criminal Record Resources
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