Overview Description

Records relating to adjudications for committing a delinquent act can be sealed, so long as two years have passed since the petitioner's final discharge and the court determines that the petitioner has been rehabilitated. Ga. Code Ann. § 15-11-701(b).
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Ineligible Category or Citation

To be eligible for sealing, the petitioner cannot have: (1) a subsequent conviction for a felony or of a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude; (2) a subsequent adjudication for committing a delinquent act or as a child in need of services; or (3) a proceeding seeking conviction or adjudication pending against the petitioner. Ga. Code Ann. § 15-11-701(b)(2).

Procedure General

A person can file an application with the court. For the specific procedure, see Ga. Code Ann. § 15-11-701(b).


There is no statutory language regarding fees.


Upon the entry of the order, the proceeding will be treated as if it had never occurred. All index references will be deleted and the person, court, law enforcement officers, and departments can properly reply that no record exists pertaining to the person upon inquiry in any matter. Ga. Code Ann. § 15-11-701(e).

Waiting Periods

The petition can be filed two years after the final discharge of the person.

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