Overview Description

Records relating to three to five convictions for a fourth or fifth degree felony can be sealed by the court five years after the person's final discharge, so long as the person has no more than five felony convictions. ORC Ann. §§ 2953.32, 2953.31.

Ineligible Category or Citation

See section 2953.31 for definition of "eligible offender" and section 2953.36 for offenses ineligible for clearance.

Procedure General

The petition must be filed in the court of conviction if convicted in Ohio, or in a court of common pleas if convicted in another state or federal court. For specific procedure, see ORC Ann. § 2953.32.


The petitioner shall pay $50, unless indigent. ORC Ann.§ 2953.32(C)(3).


The proceedings in the case are deemed not to have occurred. The person may not be questioned about sealed convictions, unless the question bears a direct and substantial relationship to the position for which the person is being considered. See ORC Ann. section 2953.32(D) for circumstances where record inspection is allowed. ORC Ann. § 2953.32 et seq.

Waiting Periods

The petition may be filed five years after final discharge.

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