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I think I’m eligible! How do I get an expungement?


STEP 1: Get a Certificate of Eligibility.
You must have a Certificate of Eligibility to get an expungement. This costs $40, and you can request it online here. If you have received a pardon, remember to note that somewhere on your request form.

  •  You can also order your certificate by mail. Send the Certification Form with a $40 money order to: Records Unit, Administrative Office of the Courts, 1001 Vandalay Drive, Frankfort, KY 40601
  • If the packet says that you are not eligible, its always possible there was a mistake. You may still file for expungement if you’d like, but you may want to consult with an attorney first.


STEP 2: File your packet and expungement petition with the court.
Once you receive your certification packet, you or your attorney have 30 days to file your documents with the court. After that time, your certification packet will expire.

  • You must file in the county where the conviction took place. You can find contact information here
  • For an acquittal or dismissal, file the Acquittal/Dismissal Expungement Form along with your certification packet.
    • There is no fee to expunge an acquittal or dismissal.
  • For a misdemeanor conviction, file the Misdemeanor Conviction Expungement Form along with your certification packet.
    • Expunging a misdemeanor conviction costs $100 per case. If your expungement is not granted, you will be refunded $50.
    • A judge may schedule a hearing. If so, it will be within one month of filing.
  • For a Class D felony conviction, file the Application to Vacate Felony Conviction Form along with your certification packet.
    • Expunging a Class D felony costs $500 per case. If your expungement is not granted, you will be refunded $450.
    • It may take up to four months for the judge to make a decision.


The Administrative Office of the Courts has prepared a guide to expungement as well. If you have questions about the process, you may e-mail HB40@kycourts.net.