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Expunctions and Nondisclosure Orders

Information about expunctions and orders of nondisclosure in Texas.

General Information


Note Travis County will be holding an Expunction Expo in the future to help people clear old arrests from their records. Crimes must have occurred in Travis County to be eligible for expunction. The Travis County District Clerk's office has more info about the process and a quick questionnaire to see if you qualify available on the Expunction Expo page of their site.

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

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.

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

Understanding the Law

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.”

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.