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Expunctions and Nondisclosure Orders

Information about expunctions (i.e., clearing your record) and orders of nondisclosure (i.e., sealing your record, including juvenile records) in Texas.

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Below is an e-book title that may help you with your research on expunctions and non-disclosure.

Resources at the Texas State Law Library

Below are some library resources that can provide more details about expunctions and nondisclosure. Please call us at (512) 463-1722 if you have questions about these materials.

The third volume of this 3-volume practice guide contains information on expunging arrest records.

About This Guide

In certain cases, Texas individuals are able to have their criminal record “expunged” or they may petition for their record to be sealed (“nondisclosure”).

The information on this page can help you understand the difference between an expunction and nondisclosure, who is eligible for this, and how the process generally works.

Texas Law

Below you will find references to the areas of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure and the Texas Government Code that govern expunctions and orders of nondisclosure. If you find these statutes difficult to understand, you may want to look at the “plain English” resources on this page or speak to an attorney.


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Explained in "Plain English"

Because state law may not be easy to understand, below you'll find a collection of resources that help to explain the law in “plain English.”

Who Can I Contact?

Legal Research Guides from the Texas State Law Library

The Texas State Law Library reference librarians have compiled legal research guides for specific areas of the law. These guides contain resources that can help you research a legal issue. The American Association of Law Libraries has a guide for Non-Lawyers on How to Research a Legal Problem [PDF]. If you have any questions, please contact us at (512) 463-1722 or at


The information provided on this page has been prepared for general information purposes only and should not be construed as, nor substituted for, legal advice. It is strongly recommended that you contact an attorney for advice specific to your fact situation. Your local bar association or the State Bar of Texas Lawyer Referral Information Service (1-800-252-9690) can assist you with locating an attorney.

Some of the electronic resources we refer to in this guide may be in PDF format. Adobe Reader or similar software is required to view PDFs.