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.
(2) Expungement would not cause you to exceed Missouri law's limit of ONE felony record and TWO misdemeanor records total for your lifetime.
Note: Offenses charged in the same case count as only one for purposes of calculating the expungement limit (counts as one offense of whatever the highest leveled offense in case is).
Note: You can expunge an unlimited number of infractions.
(3) You have satisfied the “Clean Waiting Period.”
For felonies — at least 3 years have passed since you completed your sentence, and in the past 3 years, you have not been found guilty of any misdemeanor or felony offense(s) (excluding most traffic violations).
For misdemeanors and infractions— same requirements as felonies, but one-year period instead of three.
(4) You do not still owe any fines, court costs, fees, or restitution on the case(s) you want to expunge.
Note: There are multiple different categories of case-related debt and it can be easy to think you have paid everything off when in actuality you have not. The easiest way to check whether you have any outstanding case-related debt is to search your case here. Once you find your case, click on the Case Number. Then look for the , click on that, and a pop-up window will show you your case balance.
(5) You do not have any charges pending.
Note: Active warrants and unpaid traffic tickets = charges pending.