The Clerk of Courts Office handles all expungement filings dealing with criminal cases. Expungement is a court-ordered process in which an arrest and/or conviction is “destroyed,” or erased from an individual’s criminal record. After the expungement process is complete, if granted, no record of an expunged arrest or conviction will be viewable to the public. This includes background checks by potential employers, educational institutions, and/or other companies. However, the expunged criminal record may still be viewable by certain government agencies, including law enforcement and the criminal courts.

When filing an expungement, a petition and order must be submitted, along with a PA State Police background check. These forms can be found on the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Court (AOPC) website.

  • Summary offense convictions petition and order pursuant to Pa.R.Crim.P. 490
  • Criminal offense convictions (misdeamors, felonies, summary offense included with non-summary offenses) petition and order pursuant to Pa.R.Crim.P. 790
  • Juvenile expungements – petition and order pursuant to Pa.R.Crim.P. 170 & 172 – see Juvenile Probation for more information
There is a $167 filing fee associated with all expungement petitions. The Clerk of Courts office will not accept petitions if filing fee is not paid.

Please Note:

The Clerk of Courts does not review expungement petitions for accuracy. Failure to submit proper paperwork may result in rejection of petition. If petition is rejected, a new petition may be filed and may incur additional filing fees for re-submission.