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Sealing Your Juvenile Record

Information, Not Legal Advice

We are providing this information as a public service.  We try to make it accurate as of the date noted in the materials.  Sometimes the laws change.  We cannot promise that this information is always up-to-date and correct.  Most of the information provided on this web site is specific to Washington State law.  We do not intend this information to be legal advice.  By providing this information, we are not acting as your lawyer.  If you need legal advice, you should contact a lawyer through your local legal aid organization.  Always talk to a competent lawyer, if you can, before taking legal action.

If you need additional information after going through these steps, email recordsealing@teamchild.org.

Follow These Steps

1  Watch this video to learn more about sealing laws in Washington State
 Available in English or Espanol 

2  Figure out if you are eligible

Generally, you may be eligible to seal your record if:

  • You do not owe any court-ordered fines,
  • You have no criminal charges pending, AND
  • You have remained in the community crime-free for;
    • 2 years since you were last released from confinement for anything lower than a Class A Felony, or
    • 5 years since you were last released from confinement for a class A felony.

For detailed information about eligibility, refer to Sealing Juvenile Court Records in Washington State which includes sample court forms (it is also available on the Washington LawHelp site).

3  Fill out the necessary forms

If you think you are eligible to have you records sealed, you can use the forms in our packet or click here to complete an easy to use online interview.  

Note that this link takes you to the Washington LawHelp website.  The online interview is a free tool that creates Ready to File court forms after asking a series of questions and using your answers to tailor the documents.  This online interview was developed by the Northwest Justice Project with help from TeamChild.