Overview Description

Records relating to a single conviction of a specified Class D felony, or a series of such convictions arising from a single incident, can be expunged by the court five years after sentence completion. KRS § 431.073(1), (2).

Ineligible Category or Citation

Only Class D felonies listed in section 431.073(1) are eligible.

Procedure General

The petition must be filed in the court in which the conviction occurred, and must include a certificate of eligibility. If the petitioner meets the criteria listed in subsection (4), the court can grant the petition. For the specific procedure, see KRS §§ 431.073, 431.079.


The filing fee for a petition under this section is $50, with an additional $250 due if the petition is granted. The $250 may be paid in installments. KRS § 431.073(10), (11).


The proceedings are vacated and expunged, and do not appear on state-performed background checks. The court and other agencies will reply to any inquiry that no record exists. The petitioner need not disclose the record on an application for employment, credit, or other type of application, and their ability to vote is restored. KRS § 431.073(6).


For the application to expunge a record in Kentucky, visit here.

Waiting Periods

The petition can be filed five years after sentence completion.


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