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Expungement is the official and formal erasure of a record or partial contents of a record. The law also provides for the removal of records of arrests where the arrest did not end in a conviction. New Jersey law provides a limited right to expungement, and its purpose is to give a person who has either one or very few convictions a “fresh start.” The New Jersey expungement law states in detail who is eligible for an expungement (N.J.S.A. 2C:52-1 et seq.).

An eligible person must prepare a Petition for Expungement, and it must be filed in the Superior Court in the county where the arrest or prosecution took place. A judge then decides whether the person should be granted an Expungement Order. An Expungement Order means that, with some exceptions, the criminal proceedings “never happened.”

There is a filing fee of $75.00 For more information, forms and instructions on filing a pro-se expungement follow link to the Pro-Se Expungement kit.

File the expungement in the county for which the offense occurred. If you have any further questions regarding expungement procedures, please call the expungement clerk at the appropriate courthouse location.

Contact Information

Atlantic County

Expungement Clerk
Atlantic Co. Criminal Courts Complex
4997 Unami Blvd.
Mays Landing, NJ 08330
(609) 909-8147

Cape May County

Expungement Clerk
Cape May County Courthouse
4 Moore Rd.
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
(609) 463-6562

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