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Expungements in Delaware

Clearing, or “expunging,” your criminal record isn’t as easy as 1-2-3. Read on to learn about expungements in Delaware. Or scroll down for ways to get assistance.

There can be a lot of steps in figuring out who can get an expungement. We created the tools below to help you understand those steps.

Use our online guides to help you figure out your possible eligibility.

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Meet with an attorney at a free expungement clinic.

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Complete the form on this page for us to get back to you.

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Your criminal history does not automatically go away when you turn 18, even if you were not convicted or not adjudicated delinquent. In Delaware, a criminal history is never destroyed or sealed.

An expungement is the only way to remove arrests, charges, and adjudications of delinquency from a criminal background history.

Delaware passed The Clean Slate Act, which will take effect in 2024 and creates a process for automatically expunging some records.

This is good news, but it is far from perfect.

  • The automatic expungement will not apply to all criminal records that could be eligible for expungement. It is only for records that qualify for a certain type called “mandatory expungement.”
  • Even after the law goes into effect, it will take time for the state to identify and then process the eligible records.
  • It’s possible that the state could fail to identify some records that are eligible.
  • The state isn’t required to inform you when it has or hasn’t automatically expunged your criminal record.

For now, if you were charged with a crime in Delaware and want to remove it from your record, you must obtain an expungement to remove the arrest, charges, convictions, or adjudications.

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Contact us for expungement assistance

Use this form to get in touch with our special group that works on records and expungements.


There can be a lot of steps in figuring out who can get an expungement. We created these guides to walk you through it based on your record.

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Juvenile expungements

Watch to learn about juvenile criminal record expungement.

Special “thank you” to Dawn Mosley and Productions for Purpose for producing this video.

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