Get Your Kentucky Rap Sheet and Expungement Certification
Criminal Background Check Request Form Form AOC-RU-004
Expungement Certification Process Kentucky Court of Justice
Expungement Certification Request Form Form AOC-RU-009
Kentucky Expungement Statutes
Free Kentuckyy Self-Help Guides & Instructions
Criminal Record Expungement FAQ’s Legal Aid Network of Kentucky
How to Expunge a Criminal Record in Kentucky eHow Article
How to Get Convictions Expunged in Kentucky eHow Article
When Can You Expunge a Misdemeanor in Kentucky? eHow Article
How Can I Get a Felony Conviction Expunged in Kentucky? Blurt It Article
Free Statewide Forms & Instructions
Expungement Order Form AOC 496
Order Voiding Conviction and Sealing Records Form AOC 334
Free County Forms & Instructions
Jefferson County Expungements and Information Processing
Warren County Expungement Procedures
Kentucky Criminal Conviction Expungements in a Nutshell
Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, Kentucky requires every petition for expungement to include a certificate of eligibility. If you want you criminal records (charges/cases) expunged, you must complete the Expungement Certification Process to determine if you are eligible for expungement.
Felony convictions cannot be expunged, except for possible “voiding” of a felony drug conviction pursuant to KRS 218A.275 and KRS 218A.276. Only misdemeanor convictions are eligible to be expunged. Expungement of a conviction is only available if you have five years conviction-free before the conviction and five years conviction-free after the expiration of sentence on the conviction.
You may apply for expungement of all convictions arising from a single incident. There is a $100.00 fee for expungement of each conviction.
Misdemeanor or violation convictions (or a series of charges arising from a single event) may be expunged provided:
- The petition cannot be filed until 5 years have elapsed from the latter of completion of the sentence or the completion of probation
- The offense was not a sex offense or a crime against a child
- You have never been convicted of a felony
- You have not been convicted of a misdemeanor or violation in the 5 years prior to the charge to be expunged
- You have not been convicted of a felony, misdemeanor or violation since the charge sought to be expunged
- No charges are pending against you
A petition or motion must be filed requesting the desired relief. A copy of the record must be attached and the petition will be set before the judge that presided over the case originally. If the motion is granted, an Expungement Order will be issued. You should submit a Criminal Background Check Request Form 90 days later to confirm that your Kentucky criminal record was officially expunged.
Although most felony convictions cannot be expunged, the opportunity for expungement may be available if you completed a pretrial diversion program instead of pleading guilty. Completion of the program results in the charge being listed as “dismissed-diverted.” This listing does not constitute a criminal conviction and you are not required to list the disposition on most employment and licensing applications. Even though there is no statutory procedure for expungement of a felony that was disposed of as “dismissed-diverted,” the Kentucky Court of Appeals has allowed for expungement under these circumstances.
Other Free Kentucky Legal Resources
Restoration of Civil Rights and Firearm Privileges in Kentucky Margaret Colgate Love, NACDL Restoration of Rights Resource Project, February 2014
Kentucky Pardon Information Pardon 411
Kentucky Reentry is made up of reentry task forces or councils throughout the state of Kentucky. The reentry groups do not provide services for ex-offenders, nor do they have reentry programs. They are made up of individuals and organizations networking together to share information and improve the reentry process. The members may be organizations and/or individuals that provide services and/or have interests in helping. Each group is focused toward ex-offenders coming back to their areas, the issues involved, and making their community safer.
Kentucky Legal Aid
Serving Western Kentucky since 1977. The mission of Kentucky Legal Aid is to assist and enable low income families, elderly, disabled and other vulnerable individuals in South Central and Western Kentucky to resolve legal problems that are barriers to self sufficiency, and to provide these individuals an opportunity for an improved quality of life.