Tennessee Tennessee

Below is a general overview of when juvenile records can be expunged in Tennessee. 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 expunged.

  • If your case was dismissed (you were not adjudicated or found guilty), your record should be automatically expunged after the dismissal. You should not have to do anything to get your record expunged. This does not apply if your case was dismissed as part of diversion or informal adjustment.
  • If you completed diversion or informal adjustment, your record can be expunged one year after you complete the requirements of the program. You have to submit a request to the court to start the process, and the judge is required to grant your request if you meet the criteria. You can also apply before one year is up, but it is up to the judge whether or not to grant your request.
  • If you were adjudicated (found guilty), your record can be expunged after you turn 17 and one year has passed since your most recent adjudication. You have to submit a request to the court to start the process, and the judge is required to grant your request if you meet the criteria. You can submit a request before you turn 17 or before the one year is up, but it is up to the judge whether or not to grant your request.

You may not be eligible for expungement if you have certain convictions or adjudications on your record.

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If you think you might be eligible to have your record expunged, 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 relating to certain misdemeanor and class E felony convictions can be expunged five years after sentence completion, so long as the person has no more than two convictions. Tenn. Code Ann. § 40-32-101(g), (k). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records relating to a drug fraud offense can be expunged 10 years after sentence completion, so long as the person has no more than two convictions. Tenn. Code Ann. § 40-32-101(g)(1)(D), (k). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records relating to a non-violent offense can be expunged after a pardon by the governor. Tenn. Code Ann. § 40-32-101(h). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records relating to convictions that resulted from being a victim of human trafficking can be expunged by the court after one year, so long as at least one conviction was for prostitution. Tenn. Code Ann. § 40-32-105. (Cannot link directly to statutes)

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Records relating to a case dismissed after successful completion of a suspended prosecution are expunged by the court. Tenn. Code Ann. § 40-15-105(e). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records relating to a misdemeanor or felony case dismissed upon the successful completion of pre-judgment probation can be expunged by the court. Tenn. Code Ann. § 40-35-313(b). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records relating to a conviction for which a person has been exonerated are expunged. Tenn. Code Ann. § 40-27-109. (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Public records relating to an arrest and prosecution can be destroyed upon release without charge, nolle prosequi, no true bill, or dismissal. Tenn. Code Ann. § 40-32-101(a)(1)(A). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records relating to arrest and prosecution for charges other than the charge of conviction can be removed from public databases after the conviction. Tenn. Code Ann. § 40-32-101(j). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Public records relating to a case in which the person was found not guilty on all counts can be removed and destroyed immediately. Tenn. Code Ann. § 40-32-101(a)(1)(F). (Cannot link directly to statutes)

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A record relating to a delinquency adjudication can be expunged upon motion so long as the person is at least 17 years of age, at least one year has passed since their most recent delinquency adjudication, and they have not been subject to a disqualifying event. Tenn. Code Ann. § 37-1-153(f)(1)(A). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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A record relating to a delinquency adjudication can be expunged upon motion, if the court finds that the person has maintained a consistent and exemplary pattern of responsible, productive, and civic-minded conduct for one or more years immediately preceding the filing of the petition. Tenn. Code Ann. § 37-1-153(f)(1)(B). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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A record relating to a delinquency adjudication can be expunged upon motion, if the court finds that the person has made such an adjustment of circumstances that the court, in its discretion, believes that expungement serves the best interest of the child and the community. Tenn. Code Ann. § 37-1-153(f)(1)(C). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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A record relating to any case in which there is a successful completion of an informal adjustment without adjudication or pretrial diversion under section 37-1-110 will be expunged upon motion after one year. Tenn. Code Ann. § 37-1-153(f)(Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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A record relating to any case in which there is a successful completion of an informal adjustment without adjudication or pretrial diversion under section 37-1-110 will be expunged upon motion if the court determines that the expungement serves the best interest of the child and the community. Tenn. Code Ann. § 37-1-153(f). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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A record relating to any case in which there was a successful completion of a judicial diversion pursuant to section 37-1-129 will be expunged upon motion after one year. Tenn. Code Ann. § 37-1-153(f). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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A record relating to any case in which there was a successful completion of a judicial diversion will be expunged upon a motion if the court determines that the expungement serves the best interest of the child and the community. Tenn. Code Ann. § 37-1-153(f). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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A record relating to any case that is dismissed will be expunged upon dismissal. Tenn. Code Ann. § 37-1-153(f). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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