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A simple, safe way to clear your criminal record. Check to see if you're eligible, and get the process start in just minutes.
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WHAT TO EXPECT

What you can expect
  • Due to a large number of people we are trying to help, it may take a while before you hear back from us.
  • After we process your application, an attorney will reach out to you to discuss the next steps in the process.
  • A complete criminal history report is required to process your application
  • While our services are free, you may still be required to pay the court a filing fee and an additional surcharge of $250 to clear a conviction.
  • If you have little or no money and cannot pay these costs, you may ask the court to waive the costs in an affidavit and motion.

FAQ'S

Any questions?

Recent Changes in Missouri Criminal Record Expungement Law

HAS THE LAW CHANGED?

Changes in Missouri's record clearance law are continually happening and may make you become eligible to have your record cleared!

Date of the latest change in the law: August 2021.

Effect of the changes:

  1. New Offenses Now Eligible for Record Clearance:
    • Unlawful use of a weapon, conceal and carry
    • Unlawful use of a weapon, exhibiting
  2. Clean Waiting Period Shortned
    • For eligible felonies, the waiting period is now 3 years (down from 7 years)
    • For eligible misdemeanors, the clean waiting period is now 1 year (down from 3 years).

If you applied to our clinic and were told you were not eligible to have your record cleared, but you believe based on these changes that you may now be eligible, please reach out to us today! You can call the CMR Clinic at 816-235-1671 or email us at expungementclinic@umkc.edu.

What is expungement?

Expungement is Missouri’s way of “clearing a conviction.” When you get an expungement, the court orders that your conviction be hidden from public view. You may apply for expungement by filing an application in the court where you were found guilty. If the court orders an offense to be expunged, you no longer need to disclose it in most circumstances.

 

Why should I try to get my record expunged?

Clearing your record removes many barriers that often come with having a criminal record. An expungement gives you more opportunities to obtain jobs, housing, and educational opportunities. Expungement of an offense allows you to answer “NO” on most applications when asked about that offense.

What can be expunged?

Many but not all criminal convictions can be expunged. Some crimes that are not eligible are Class A felonies, offenses that require registration as a sex offender, most gun crimes, and felonies where death is an element. Most drug crimes can be expunged. We can help you figure out if your offenses are eligible.

Does it cost money?

The cost of filing a case includes a $250 expungement fee, a filing fee (usually about $115), and service fees (usually about $75). If you cannot afford to pay, you may apply to have the court waive these fees. We can help you with that.

WHO WE ARE

The Clear My Record (CMR) Expungement Project at UMKC School of Law
The Clear My Record (CMR) Expungement Project at UMKC School of Law originated in 2017 to meet the unmet need for legal assistance for individuals seeking expungement. Currently, the Expungement Clinic at the law school is advising low-income expungement-seekers with Missouri convictions about their eligibility and beginning to represent some applicants in court.