Overview Description

Records of arrest and prosecution relating to a specified felony offense can be sealed by the court five years after sentence completion. Minn. Stat. § 609A.02(3)(a)(5).

Ineligible Category or Citation

This section only applies to those felonies listed in section 609A.02(3)(a)(5)(b). See section 609A.02(4) for offenses ineligible for expungement.

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 five years after sentence completion.


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