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This form can be used to apply for juvenile record sealing in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court.
To seal a juvenile record, you must:
- Wait 6 months. If you are under 18 years old, you must wait 6 months after final discharge before applying to seal juvenile records. The final discharge is the completion of your sentence or probation. If you are 18 years or older, you do not have to wait 6 months to apply for sealing. If you are applying to seal a dropped or dismissed charge, you can apply for sealing immediately, even if you are under 18.
- Pay unpaid fees. You must pay all court fees from your original case before the court can consider sealing your record.
- Complete and submit the forms. Click "Download and fill out form" on this page to get the forms for Cuyahoga County.
- Attend a hearing. If the court requests a hearing, you must attend. At the hearing, the court determines whether the record can be sealed. The court considers your age at the time of the offense, the nature of your offense and your current education, work and criminal history. The prosecutor may object.
If you get a letter from the court saying that the prosecutor filed objections, your case may still be sealed. Go to the hearing to present your side, and then the judge will make the decision.
You can also apply to expunge your record when you apply for record sealing, or any time after the record is sealed. You can find the record expungement application for Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court here.