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Sealing Your Juvenile Record in Washington State
Juvenile records are not automatically sealed. If a person meets several eligibility requirements, they can make a request to the juvenile court that processed their conviction to seal the record.
Watch this video for general information.
For more 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).
Ready to get the process going? Follow these steps.
King County Record Sealing Clinics
If you live in King County, you can attend a free monthly clinic that may be able to assist you with sealing your records. This clinic is run by pro bono attorneys and volunteers from the University of Washington School of Law and Seattle University School of Law. These volunteers provide free assistance to individuals trying to seal their juvenile records in King County. There's no need to make an appointment and no need to bring anything with you.
Spokane County Record Sealing Clinics
If you live in Spokane County, you can attend free clinics hosted by Gonzaga Law School.
Location: Gonzaga Law School, 721 N. Cincinnati St., Spokane, WA 99220
Dates & Time:
Tuesday February 7, 2017 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday March 21, 2017 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday April 11, 2017 5:30 - 7:30 pm
You can call (509) 313-3688 to find out more about the clinic or to schedule an appointment for the clinic. You can also use this form to sign up for the clinic in advance and reserve a specific appointment time. Walk-ins are also welcome!
Pierce County Record Sealing Clinics
If you live in Pierce County, you can attend free monthly clinics administered by the Volunteer Legal Services (VLS) program of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association. We are excited to partner with VLS to offer this new resource in Pierce County as of 2016!
For location and times, please download our download the 2016 flyer.
Starting Your Own Record Sealing Clinic
If you are interested in starting a record sealing clinic in your county, the following Starter Kit will walk you through some key things to consider and plan for.
You can also watch a 2-hour training video for attorneys and volunteers on juvenile record sealing and how to seal set up a clinic.