Maryland Expungement Laws

This guide provides detailed information on the expungement process, including official resources and answers to common questions in Maryland.

If you're looking to clear your criminal record in Maryland, understanding the state's expungement laws is crucial. This guide provides detailed information on the expungement process, including official resources and answers to common questions.

What is Expungement?

Expungement refers to the legal process of removing entries from a person's criminal record. In Maryland, this can mean the deletion of records related to arrests, detentions, trial, or disposition.

Official Resources for Expungement in Maryland

Maryland Courts on Expungement

  • Expungement (Adult): The Maryland Courts offer comprehensive resources on adult expungement, including eligibility and the application process. Visit the official page.

  • Expungement Notice (Effective October 1, 2018): This notice outlines the changes to expungement laws effective from October 1, 2018. Read the public notice.

  • Expungement Form [PDF]: The official expungement form (CC-DC-CR-072BR) is available for download. Get the form.

Additional Resources

  • Expungement and Changing Your Criminal Record: The Maryland People's Law Library provides a guide on expungement and how to change your criminal record. Learn more.

  • DPSCS Expungements: The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services offers information on expungement eligibility and processes. Visit DPSCS.

  • Which records can be expunged?: This resource from The Maryland People's Law Library details which records are eligible for expungement. Find out here.

  • Criminal Procedure §10–110 c(1): The statutory text outlining Maryland's expungement laws. Read the statute.

  • Maryland's REDEEM Act of 2023: This act aims to reduce the waiting time for expungements. Discover more.

  • Maryland Restoration of Rights & Record Relief: A comprehensive guide on restoration of rights, pardon, expungement, and sealing in Maryland. Explore here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What charges can be expunged in Maryland?

Most non-violent misdemeanors and some felonies can be expunged, depending on the outcome of the case and the passage of a certain period without new offenses.

How long do you have to wait to get your record expunged in Maryland?

The waiting period varies by charge but generally ranges from 3 to 10 years after the completion of the sentence, including probation.

Will my expunged record show up on a background check in Maryland?

No, an expunged record should not appear on most background checks. However, certain government agencies may still access these records under specific conditions.

Can I restore my gun rights in Maryland?

Restoring gun rights in Maryland depends on the nature of the conviction and whether it is eligible for expungement. If the conviction is expunged, you may be able to restore your gun rights.


Navigating the expungement process in Maryland can be complex, but with the right resources and understanding, it's possible to clear your record. Utilize the official links provided in this guide to ensure you're getting accurate and up-to-date information directly from the source.

Remember, seeking legal advice from a qualified Maryland expungement lawyer can also provide personalized guidance tailored to your specific situation.

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