Overview Description

Records relating to an arrest are expunged if no charges are filed within 18 months. 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 9122(a)(1).

Ineligible Category or Citation

There is no statutory language regarding ineligible offenses.

Procedure General

The procedure is automatic. The court certifies to the director of the agency maintaining the arrest record that no disposition is available and no proceedings are pending. 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 9122(a).


There is no statutory language regarding fees.


Information is removed without a trace, or identifiers of the person are eliminated, or records are maintained by the central repository and the prosecuting attorney for the uses specified in section 9122(c). 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. §§ 9102, 9122(c).

Waiting Periods

The information is expunged 18 months after the arrest.

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