Missouri Missouri

Below is a general overview of when juvenile records can be sealed in Missouri. 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 after you turn 17 or when your case closes, 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. 

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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 a first-time misdemeanor intoxication-related traffic or boating offense can be expunged after 10 years if the person has no subsequent intoxication-related offenses. Mo. Rev. Stat. § 610.130.

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Records related to certain misdemeanor convictions can be expunged by the court three years after sentence completion. Mo. Rev. Stat. § 610.140(5)(1).

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Records of certain felony convictions can be expunged by the court seven years after sentence completion. Mo. Rev. Stat. § 610.140(5)(1).

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Records relating to a felony conviction for criminal nonsupport that was followed by a probation sentence can be expunged by the court if the person has paid all arrearages, has no child support actions pending, and has successfully completed probation. Mo. Rev. Stat. §568.040(3).

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Records relating to a conviction for prostitution where the defendant was under age 18 or acting under coercion can be expunged immediately by the court. Mo. Rev. Stat. § 610.131.

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Records of a case resulting in a suspended sentence prior to September 28, 1981, can be closed by the court. Mo. Rev. Stat. § 610.106.

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Records relating to an arrest or charge in a case involving stolen or mistaken identity can be expunged by the court immediately. Mo. Rev. Stat. §§575.120, 610.145

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Records of a case resulting in nolle prosequi, dismissal, acquittal, or suspension of sentence are confidential, with certain exceptions. Mo. Rev. Stat. § 610.105.

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Records of an arrest that was based on false information, lacked probable cause, and did not lead to charges or a suspended sentence can be expunged for a person without a misdemeanor or felony conviction. Mo. Rev. Stat. § 610.122(1).

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Records of arrest for a misdemeanor motor vehicle offense under chapter 303 or any moving violation, except intoxication-related traffic offenses, can be expunged if the charge was nolle prossed, dismissed, or resulted in a finding of not guilty, so long as the person was not a commercial driver's license holder operating a commercial motor vehicle at the time of the arrest and has no misdemeanor or felony convictions. Mo. Rev. Stat. § 610.122(2).

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Records of a delinquency matter can be sealed after the child's 17th birthday, so long as the court finds that it is in the best interest of the child to do so. Mo. Rev. Stat. § 211.321(5).

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Records of a delinquency matter in which the jurisdiction of the court has been extended past the child's 17th birthday can be sealed any time after the closing of the child's case, so long as the court finds that it is in the best interest of the child to do so. Mo. Rev. Stat. § 211.321(5).

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