June 18, 2023

Do you have a Missouri municipal or misdemeanor marijuana criminal record that has not already been automatically expunged? We may be able to help! Click the link below to fill out a form with your personal and case information. We will use this to determine if your record is eligible to be automatically expunged by the court. If we determine your record is eligible, we will send the proper court a Notice to Expunge on your behalf.

Fill Out an Assistance Request Now!

If you have any follow up questions, you may contact us via email at expungementclinic@umkc.edu 

April 24, 2023

What Services Does the Clinic Offer?

  • Preliminary eligibility screenings
  • Representation in expungement proceedings
  • Limited assistance for those filing for expungement pro se
  • Educational materials on Missouri’s expungement law
  • Connecting individuals to re-entry resources

Do You Qualify for the Clinic's Services?

Given their limited resources, the UMKC Expungement Clinic only represents individuals who are:

  • Are currently eligible for a Missouri expungement,
  • Cannot afford to hire a lawyer, AND
  • Are likely to receive a real benefit from obtaining an expungement (meaning an expungement is likely to change ability to find suitable employment, housing, etc.)
April 24, 2023

Under current Missouri law, to successfully obtain an expungement and get your criminal record “cleared,” you must meet the following 5 requirements:

(1) The offense or offenses on your record that you want expunged are eligible for expungement.

Note: You can check to see if your offense is eligible here.

June 19, 2023

In Missouri, to file for expungement on your own and without an attorney ("pro se"), you will need to file the following forms in the circuit court of the county where you were found guilty of the offense(s) you seek to expunge:

  • Petition for Expungement (required)
  • Service Instructions (required)
  • Application for Fee Waiver (optional)
  • Confidential Case Information Filing Sheets (required in some counties)
April 12, 2023

Under current Missouri law, there is a LIMIT to the number of records you can get expunged over the course of your lifetime. That limit is:

  • ONE felony record + TWO misdemeanor records

BUT there are some exceptions to this limit!

December 03, 2022

The list below is NOT complete. Only the most common offenses have been included and categorized. If your offense is not on the list and you cannot determine whether it is eligible for expungement or not, you can make a request the offense be added by emailing expungementclinic@umkc.edu



Abuse or Neglect of a Child - Not Eligible

Armed Criminal Action - Not Eligible

Arson (1st or 2nd Degree)- Not Eligible

Arson (3rd Degree)- Eligible

June 19, 2022


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.

September 18, 2021

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.


September 18, 2021

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.

September 18, 2021

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.

September 18, 2021

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.

September 18, 2021

In Missouri, the waiting period to become eligible for an expungement begins when you complete all requirements of your sentence. Misdemeanors require a 1 year waiting period before filing an application. Felonies require a 3-year waiting period.

September 18, 2021

First, you file an application where you were convicted. After the case is filed, all government agencies that might have your records are served (notified). The Prosecutor has 30 days to object. If there is an objection, there will be a hearing. If there is no objection, the judge will likely hold a hearing. Then, the judge makes a decision.

September 18, 2021

Once your request is filed, you should have a decision within 6 months.

September 18, 2021

If you are applying on your own, you will need your case information. See what information you will need at https://www.courts.mo.gov/file.jsp?id=56341. Information about how to find your case is on the “Where Can I Get My Case Information” page. If you obtain a lawyer, your lawyer can help get your records. We can help you with that.

September 18, 2021

Yes, but Missouri limits the number of convictions that can be expunged. Currently, the lifetime limit is 1 felony and 2 misdemeanors. There are special rules for multiple counts in a single case. We can help you determine what can be expunged.

September 18, 2021

The CMR Clinic helps clear Missouri records. If your conviction is not in Missouri, we encourage you to check the expungement options in the state where your conviction occurred. Two possible resources are https://www.ncsl.org/research/civil-and-criminal-justice/criminal-records-and-reentry-search-by-state-law.aspx and https://restoration.ccresourcecenter.org/


September 18, 2021

The Clear My Record team consists of lawyers, coders, and law students who work to help expand access to record clearing services in Missouri. Our individual record clearing services are limited to people who cannot afford a lawyer. If you qualify, you will receive assistance from an attorney and UMKC Law School students working under the supervision of that attorney.


September 18, 2021

In most cases, expungement is not available for federal convictions. The CMR Clinic can only help with Missouri state crimes and local ordinance violations.

September 18, 2021

If you have a lawyer, your lawyer will help get your records. The CMR Project does this as well.

If you are seeking an expungement without a lawyer, these are places you may want to try.


  • Go to https://www.courts.mo.gov/casenet.
  • For detailed instructions, click on “Help” in the top left and select “Search Help.” It will take you step by step.
  • Not all cases are on Casenet. Older cases and local (muni court) cases often cannot be found on Casenet, but
  • It’s good to start there because searches on Casenet are free.

Criminal Records Repository - Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP)
     (also known as Missouri Automated Criminal History System (MACHS))

  If you haven’t found everything you are looking for using Casenet, this is the next place to try.

If you can’t find what you need from either of these sources, you may have to contact the Criminal Records Department of the Court where you were convicted directly.