What is Clean Slate?
  • On June 28, 2018 Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 56 of 2018, a free statewide initiative that automatically seals records for criminal charges that have been dropped, for non-convictions and for minor convictions more than 10 years old if individuals have remained arrest free. It went into effect June 28, 2019. 
  • From June 28, 2019 through June 28, 2020, the AOPC and Pennsylvania State Police will identify and complete processing of the backlog of previous records eligible for Clean Slate limited access. In Chester County, records will be sealed every 2 weeks.
  • If you do not wish to wait for your case to be sealed automatically under Clean Slate during the backlog, you may still petition the court for limited access. Once an order granting the case to be sealed is signed by a judge, the case will be designated as Limited Access and sealed.
  • After June 28, 2020, current records will be sealed once a month as they become eligible.
  • Clean Slate expands on Act 5 of 2016, Petition and Order for Limited Access, by providing the public an alternative method of sealing criminal records from public view. Through Clean Slate, individuals no longer need to file petitions with the Court to have their criminal records sealed. 
  • Clean Slate and Limited Access are NOT expungements, and records will still be accessible to law enforcement and judicial officers.

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1. What is Clean Slate?
2. Who is eligible?
3. Who is NOT eligible?
4. Who can see my record even after it's been sealed?
5. Am I obligated to disclose my arrest record to employers if it has been sealed under Clean Slate/Limited Access?
6. Can I file a petition for limited access if my case is not eligible for Clean Slate?
7. Can I file a petition for expungement even if my case has been sealed under Clean Slate?
8. How will I know if my case has been sealed under Clean Slate?
9. What proof can be provided to show that my case has been sealed?
10. What if my case was not sealed?