Get a free copy of your court records

The first step to determine whether you may be eligible for an expungement is to obtain a free copy of your court records. The Self Help Center at the Utah State Courts can help you look up your court records in XChange (Utah’s court record database) and email them to you for free. They will need to know your name, date of birth, and any aliases you have used. They can be reached by email at selfhelp@utcourts.gov or by text at 801-742-1898. They also have a free help line, but it tends to be busy. If you'd like to try to speak to them, their number is 1-888-683-0009.

Once you have obtained your court records, you can use the screening tool or chart provided to determine whether you might be eligible to expunge your record.

Get a copy of your record by mail or email

This might be the most convenient option for you, unless you live around Salt Lake City.

To request and receive a copy of your record through the mail, you need to print this form, fill it out, and send it to the Utah Bureau Criminal Investigation.

It takes 7 steps and requires access to a printer and a photo-copier, and envelope and stamps, a valid government ID, and a credit card or a $15 check, money order, cashier’s check made out to “BCI”

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Click here to download the form. Then print the document. (You will need Adobe Reader or a similar program to open a PDF file.)
  2. Using black ink, write your information into the first section of the form. This section begins with Name, Date of Birth, etc.
  3. Sign and date the next section where it says Signature of Applicant and Date.
  4. Skip the next section that asks for fingerprints. If the government needs your fingerprints, they will let you know after you submit the form.
  5. Complete the last section that asks for your Method of Payment. You can use a check/money order/cashier’s check for $15 made payable to “BCI”. Or you can use a credit card - if you use a credit card you will need to sign again at the bottom of this section and put your billing ZIP code. You have now finished the form.
  6. Next, you need to photo-copy a valid type of government ID. A Driver’s License, State ID Card, Passport, or Consulate ID Card are all valid government IDs. If you do not have any of these IDs, click here to find out what other types work.
  7. Finally, collect your form, photo-copy of your government ID, and your payment if it is a check/money order/chashier’s check, and put them into one envelope. Mail the envelope to this address:

    UTAH BUREAU OF CRIMINAL IDENTIFICATION
    3888 West 5400 South
    Taylorsville, Utah 84129

Your record will be sent to the mailing address you write in the form.

Request a copy of your record in person

If you live around Salt Lake City, you might want to request your record in person. This means that you can file the required paperwork in a government office, but it will still take time for them to mail it to you - you will not receive it on the same day.

This means that you will file the request form at the Bureau of Criminal Identification’s office. You’ll need to provide your valid government ID, and pay the $15 fee in person too.

Requesting in person requires 5 steps, and you’ll need the ability to travel to Salt Lake City and a valid government ID. To pay, you will need a credit card, $15 cash, or a check, money order, or cashier's check for $15 made payable to “BCI”

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Travel to Bureau of Criminal Identification, 3888 West 5400 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84129.
  2. Tell the staff that you are there to request a copy of your criminal record.
  3. Present a valid government ID. A Driver’s License, State ID Card, Passport, or Consulate ID Card are all valid government IDs. If you do not have any of these IDs, click here to find out what other types work.
  4. Complete the required form.
  5. Pay the $15 fee using cash, a credit card, or a check, money order, or cashier’s check made out to BCI.
How do I expunge my record if I don't qualify for Clean Slate?
1.
See what remains on your record after Clean Slate.
Find Your Record
2.
Find out if what remains on your record is eligible for expungement.
3.
If you are eligible, apply.
Apply
4.
If you've applied, petition the Court.
Petition

If some or all of your record is not eligible for automatic expungement under Utah’s Clean Slate law, you may need to petition the court to get your record cleared. Clean Slate Utah is here to help get you started.

Need some help? Click here to check out the Legal Resources page or click here to schedule an appointment with one of Clean Slate Utah’s peer expungement specialists.

Step 1: See what remains on your record after Clean Slate.

There are three ways to find out what is on your criminal record. Click on the links below to learn more.

Step 2: Find out if what remains on your record is eligible for expungement.

The easiest way to determine your potential eligibility for an expungement is to obtain a copy of your court records. Once you have a copy of your court history, the next step is to use it to find out if you have the type and number of cases that would be eligible for expungement.

While some individuals will be eligible for automatic expungement, individuals with certain types of misdemeanor or felony records will not qualify, and must petition the court to get the rest of, or all of their record expunged.

Utah’s Expungement Act sets forth the rules for expunging criminal records under Utah law. Under the Act, individuals with both misdemeanor and felony conviction records may be eligible for expungement.

Here is a chart that generally describes who is eligible to expunge their record under Utah's petition-based expungement process:

Offense Type
Waiting Period*
Felony or Misdemeanor DUI conviction
10 years
Other Felonies (typically limited to 1)
7 years
Class A Drug Possession (typically limited to 2)
5 years
Class B Misdemeanor (typically limited to 3)
4 years
Class C Misdemeanor
3 Years
Acquittals
60 days from order of acquittal
Dismissals except in plea in abeyance cases
180 days from order of dismissal
Dismissals as a result of a plea in abeyance agreement
Subject to same waiting periods as convictions (7 years for Class A, 6 years for Class B, 5 years for Class C)

*The “waiting period” refers to the amount of time an individual must be conviction free in order to be eligible for expungement. Unlike the automatic expungement process, the waiting period for the petition-based process begins to run from the latest of the following dates:

Individuals who have not completed probation or parole are not eligible to expunge their records.  In addition, individuals must have paid all fines, fees, and restitution ordered in a case they want to expunge.

Exclusions: While Utah law allows most types of records to be expunged, due to their nature, certain types of records cannot be expunged under Utah law. These include capital felonies, certain violent felonies, felony automobile homicide, registrable sex offenses, and registrable child abuse offenses. If you have one of these types of offenses on your record, and would like to try to get it removed, you will need to go through the Utah Pardon process. For more information about that process click here.
 
Click here for an overview of the expungement process and use this free screening tool may be able to help you determine whether you are eligible to expunge your criminal record.

Have more questions or still not sure if you're eligible?

Click here to send us your question or to schedule an appointment with one of our peer expungement navigators.

Click here to check out our legal resources page.

Step 3: If you are eligible, apply.

If you know what is on your record, and think you are eligible for an expungement, the next step is to apply. This will require you to fill out an application, send a copy of your driver's license, and pay a $65 fee to BCI.

If you have already applied for an expungement, and need help with your expungement petition, click here to send us your question or schedule an appointment with one of our peer expungement navigators.

Step 4: If you've applied, petition the Court.

Once you have applied to BCI and obtained your certificates of eligibility, the next step is to file a petition with the court to clear your record. Need help?

Click here to check out our Legal Resources page or click here to schedule an appointment with one of our peer expungement specialists.