Overview Description

Records relating to a conviction for which the person received a full and free pardon are confidential. 16 M.R.S. § 703(2)(L).

Ineligible Category or Citation

There is no statutory language regarding ineligible offenses.

Procedure General

See 15 M.R.S. section 2161 et seq. for information on pardons. Pardon petitions will not be considered until five years after the completion of the petitioner's sentence. Once a conviction is pardoned, the criminal history record information is confidential. 16 M.R.S. § 703(2)(L).

The petitioner can apply to the State Bureau of Identification to have references to the pardoned conviction deleted from the FBI identification record 10 years after final discharge of the sentence. 15 M.R.S. § 2167.


There is no cost associated with the record becoming confidential. See 15 M.R.S.§ 2161 for notice requirements related to the petition for pardon.


The arrest and court records are confidential and can only be disseminated as specified in 16 M.R.S.§ 705.

Waiting Periods

The record becomes confidential upon receipt of a pardon.


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