Juvenile Record Expungement

Maryland law permits a person with a juvenile record to seek to have that record expunged under certain circumstances.

What is Expungement?

Expungement is the removal of a court or police record from public inspection. The record is either destroyed, moved to a separate secure area from which those without a legitimate reason for seeing the record are denied access, or, if the record can only be obtained through a different court or police record, expungement of that record or the part that gives access.

Who is Eligible?

You may be eligible to have your juvenile record expunged – removed from public inspection – if:

  1. A child in need of supervision (CINS) petition or a juvenile delinquency petition was filed concerning you, or
  2. You received a juvenile citation.

Not every person with a juvenile record will be eligible for expungement. There are specific grounds for expungement.

Filing Fees

There is NO FEE for filing a petition for expungement of a juvenile record (effective 5.17.18).

For More Information

You can learn about Juvenile Record Expungement at the People's Law Library: