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Expunctions and Nondisclosure Orders

Information about expunctions and orders of nondisclosure in Texas.

General Information


About This Guide

In certain cases, Texas individuals are able to have their criminal record expunged (i.e. cleared), or they may petition for their record (including juvenile records) to be sealed through a nondisclosure order.

The information on this guide can help you understand the difference between an expunction and nondisclosure, who is eligible for each process, and how the process generally works. This guide also includes links to common forms used in the expunction and nondisclosure processes. 

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.

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.”

Forms

The library is unable to determine what form you should use and we cannot assist you in filling out any form.

Expunction:

Nondisclosure:

E-Books Available from the State Law Library

If you have a library account in good standing, you can check out an OverDrive e-book title or access our remote databases. Don't have a library card? Texas residents can register for a library account from home! Learn more about how to register from home.

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

Books Available from the 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.