Q: In what states can I have my record expunged?
MyClearStart currently supports a free eligibility test in the following 23 states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington. For these 23 and the other states we have created dedicated pages that provide a basic overview of your expungement options.
Q: What offenses can be cleared with MyClearStart?
Each jurisdiction is different. You can read a basic overview of your options if you select the state in which the offense was prosecuted on our expungement options page.
Q: What is the cost?
Each state charges different fees. If you take the free eligibility test, all fees will be shown prior to you making any commitment.
Q: My case is deferred, dismissed or discharged. Why is it still available to the public?
Court records are generally public records. Even if your case is dismissed, deferred or discharged, your offense is still publicly available. Which means your prospective employer, landlord or school may discover the court case.
Q: Why does my record still show up on a background check report even after the judge ordered it expunged or sealed?
Since many courts and agencies do NOT proactively inform the public of expungements, a person may obtain a court order expunging or sealing a record but that order may never be received by the criminal record database companies, who are a source of criminal record information to many of the background screening companies in the US.
That is why expunging a record is only half the battle. That is why various industry leading criminal record database companies, including backgroundchecks.com, initiated the Expungement Clearinghouse program.
The Expungement Clearinghouse is designed as the central mechanism for sharing validated expungement orders by collecting the information from individuals, their attorneys, courts and other sources. Once expungements are validated, the members of the Expungement Clearinghouse will receive expedited notification to remove these expunged records from their private criminal records databases. This service provides a faster and more coordinated approach to removing the records that are no longer publicly available.
To offer consumers a single point of contact to submit their requests, the Expungement Clearing House has formed an exclusive partnership with The Foundation for Continuing Justice. The Foundation offers a free service to those who have had their criminal record sealed, expunged or otherwise made non-public by the court to have this information removed from private companies who provide the information for private background checks. Visit the Continuing Justice website to download their application form to start the removal process.
This partnership will help to ensure that job seekers realize the full benefits afforded to them under the legal process of expungement, leading to faster and more efficient background checks, and helping qualified job applicants to more quickly secure meaningful employment.