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Below is a general overview of when juvenile records can be sealed in Iowa. Please note that the Clean Slate Clearinghouse does not provide legal advice.

Read the legal policies and statutes for detailed statutory information.

Juvenile Record Clearance Policies Overview

Most juvenile records can be sealed.

  • If charges were filed against you, but you were not adjudicated (not found guilty), the court should schedule a sealing hearing after you turn 18 or two years after your case is dismissed, whichever occurs last. At that hearing, the judge is required to seal your record if you meet the criteria.
  • If you were adjudicated (found guilty), except for a felony or aggravated misdemeanor, the court should schedule a sealing hearing after you turn 18 or two years after your case closes or you are released from probation or commitment, whichever occurs last. At that hearing, the judge is required to seal your record if you meet the criteria.
  • If you were adjudicated (found guilty) for a felony or aggravated misdemeanor, your record can be sealed after you turn 18 or two years after your case closes or you are released from probation or commitment, whichever occurs last. You have to submit a request to the court to start the process, and it is up to the judge whether or not to grant your request.

You may not be eligible for sealing if you have certain convictions or adjudications on your record or if you have a pending criminal or juvenile case.

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If you think you might be eligible to have your record sealed, find a lawyer who may be able to help you. Some lawyers might help you for free, although you may still need to pay a fee to file the paperwork in court.

Court Forms and Resources

If you cannot find a lawyer to help you, you may be able to file a petition on your own using these court forms and resources.

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Records of conviction for consumption of alcohol or intoxication in public places can be expunged by the court two years after the conviction, if the person has no other criminal convictions other than local traffic violations or simple misdemeanor motor vehicle violations during that time. Iowa Code § 123.46(6).

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Records relating to a conviction for underage alcohol offenses can be expunged by the court two years after the conviction if the petitioner has no other convictions, other than local traffic violations or simple misdemeanor motor vehicle violations, within the two-year period. Iowa Code § 123.47(8).

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Records relating to a misdemeanor conviction can be expunged by the court after eight years, provided the person has received no more than one deferred judgment and has never requested expungement under this section. Iowa Code § 901C.3.

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Records relating to a case that was dismissed after the petitioner's successful completion of a term of probation are expunged. Iowa Code §§ 907.3(1), 907.4, 907.9(4)(b).

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A conviction for a vehicle and traffic violation that resulted from the fraudulent use of the petitioner's name or identification can be set aside by the court within one year of discovery. If the conviction is set aside, the court must expunge the record. Iowa Code § 321.200A(2).

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The record of a criminal case can be expunged by the court 180 days after acquittal or dismissal. Iowa Code § 901C.2(2)(a)(1).

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Records relating to an adjudication of delinquency, except felonies or aggravated misdemeanors if committed by an adult, can be sealed after two years have passed since the last official action or the person has turned 18 years old, whichever is later, so long as the person is not subject to a disqualifying event. Iowa Code § 232.150(1)(a).  

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Records relating to an adjudication that, if committed by an adult, would be considered an aggravated misdemeanor or a felony can be sealed upon petition after two years have passed since the last official action or the person has turned 18 years old, whichever is later, so long as the person is not subject to a disqualifying event. Iowa Code § 232.150(1)(b).

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Records relating to a complaint or petition alleging delinquency that did not result in an adjudication will be sealed upon application. Iowa Code § 232.150(1)(a).  

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