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What is a record “sealing”?


A record sealing does not physically destroy the criminal history record but instead places a legal restriction on the government’s public-record systems through a judicial petition process, making the criminal history record confidential and hence inaccessible to the public or various government entities absent a court order.

    • Sealing means:
      • The criminal arrest record is made confidential.
      • The criminal arrest record is made non-public.
      • The criminal arrest record is unavailable absent a court order.
    • Sealed records must be sealed for a minimum of ten (10) years before becoming eligible to be expunged.

(Other forms of use of the word sealing, include: Seal, sealed, sealable, sealing.)