Overview Description

Records of an arrest and prosecution relating to a misdemeanor or petty misdemeanor can be sealed by the court two years after sentence completion. Minn. Stat. § 609A.02(3)(a)(3).

Ineligible Category or Citation

See Min.. Stat. § 609A.02(4).

Procedure General

The petition must be filed in the relevant court. If the prosecutor agrees to sealing the criminal record, the court can seal the record without a petition. Minn. Stat. § 609A.025. For the specific procedure, see Minn. Stat. § 609A.01 et seq.


The filing fee is the amount required under section 357.021(2)(1), and can be waived if petitioner is indigent. Minn. Stat. § 609A.03(1).


Disclosure of the records' existence or their opening is prohibited, except under court order or statutory authority. Minn. Stat. § 609A.01. See section 609A.03 for limitations on the order.


For information on how to seal a criminal record in Minnesota, visit this site.

Waiting Periods

The petition can be filed two years after sentence completion.


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