Overview Description

Records relating to a municipal ordinance violations can be expunged by the court two years after sentence completion for a person without any prior or subsequent criminal conviction. N.J. Stat. § 2C:52-4.
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Ineligible Category or Citation

This provision applies only to violations of municipal ordinances.

Procedure General

The petition must be filed in the Superior Court in the county in which the violation occurred. For the specific procedure, see N.J. Stat. §§ 2C:52-4, 2C:52-7 et seq.


N.J. Stat. § 2C:52-29 specifies a $30 fee. May not include all associated fees.


Records are not released or utilized other than for specified purposes. The arrest and proceedings are deemed not to have occurred, and the person can answer accordingly, except in the circumstances specified in section 2C:52-27.


For information on clearing a record in New Jersey, visit here.

Waiting Periods

The petition can be filed two years after the date of conviction, payment of fine, satisfactory completion of probation, or release from incarceration, whichever is later. N.J. Stat. § 2C:52-4.

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