Overview Description

A person who is convicted of one or more crimes, or one or more disorderly persons, or petty disorderly persons offenses, and who is not otherwise eligible to obtain an expungement under any other section of chapter 52 of Title C of the New Jersey Statutes, can have their record expunged. N.J. Stat. § 2C:52-5.3.

Ineligible Category or Citation

See N.J. Stat. § 2C:52-5.3 for ineligible offenses.

Procedure General

The person may submit an expungement application to the Superior Court in the county in which the most recent conviction for a crime or offense was adjudged. N.J. Stat. § 2C:52-5.3(b).


All court ordered financial obligations must be paid. N.J. Stat. § 2C:52-5.3(c).


Expungement means the extraction and isolation of all records on file within any court, detention or correctional facility, or law enforcement or criminal justice agency concerning a person's detection, apprehension, arrest, detention, trial, or disposition of an offense within the criminal justice system. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:52-1.

If an order of expungement is granted, the arrest, conviction, and any related proceedings will be deemed not to have occurred, and the petitioner can answer any questions relating to their occurrence accordingly except in the circumstances specified in section 2C:52-27.


There is no statutory language on forms.

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