|Expungement in Minnesota
The Council on Crime and Justice provides free informational seminars on the first Tuesday of every month. For more information, see our flier: Free Criminal Expungement Seminar - First Tuesdays of the Month (PDF)
CCJ partners with the U of M Law School to provide free monthly workshops for people seeking to obtain and understand their Minnesota criminal record. Attorneys and students will also help participants learn to explain their record to employers and landlords. Second Chance Saturdays - Third Saturday of each Month(PDF)
To receive a copy of your criminal record from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension(BCA), you may complete and submit to the BCA the following sample request form: BCA Record Request Form (PDF)
For expungement filing information broken down by individual Minnesota county, please see this document compiled by attorneys at the Volunteer Lawyers Network: Expungement Filing Information by County (PDF)
What is an expungement?
There are two types of expungements in Minnesota
Statutory (Minn. Stat. 609A)
Inherent authority of the courts
Other important information
Expungement assistance options*
You must file for expungement in the county (or state) where charged. Records in other states are subject to that state’s expungement laws. There is no expungement remedy for federal cases. Individuals still on probation or parole, with pending cases, or who owe fines or restitution are unlikely to be granted an expungement.
MN Courts website - Instructions and Forms on how to petition court for expungement. http://www.mncourts.gov/selfhelp/?page=276
Hennepin County Self-Help Center, skyway level of the Hennepin County Government Center, for Hennepin cases (612) 348-9399
Legal Aid (SMRLS) (651) 222-5863 Ramsey and southeast metro counties
Neighborhood Justice Center ( 651) 222-4703 Ramsey County
Council on Crime and Justice and Volunteer Lawyers Network Services provide monthly seminars for persons with records in Hennepin County, and Hennepin County residents who have records in Ramsey County. The Expungement Seminar Information line is (612) 353-3024.
In other counties try contacting the public defender’s office, legal assistance organizations where residing, or a private attorney.
In any county you can ask your original public defender for assistance but it depends on their availability.
*Availability of services is subject to change and the qualification requirements of each agency.
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