Overview Description

Records relating to a petty misdemeanor or violation arrest that does not result in a conviction because of bail forfeiture can be expunged by the attorney general five years after the arrest or citation. Haw. Rev. Stat. § 831-3.2(a)(2).

Ineligible Category or Citation

This section applies only to petty misdemeanors and violations. Haw. Rev. Stat. § 831-3.2(a)(2).

Procedure General

A written request must be submitted to the attorney general for an expungement order and the return of fingerprints and photographs. For the specific procedure, see Haw. Rev. Stat. § 831-3.2.

Records that have been expunged pursuant to an attorney general's expungement order can be sealed by the court. Click here for more information.


There is no statutory language regarding fees.


The petitioner is treated as not having been arrested and law enforcement records are made confidential. The expungement certificate authorizes the petitioner to say that they have no record regarding the specific arrest, whether or not under oath. Haw. Rev. Stat. §§ 831-3.2(b)-(e).


For the application requesting an expungement of records in Hawaii, visit here.

Waiting Periods

The petition can be filed five years after the arrest or citation.

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