Expungement Frequently Asked Questions

Commonly asked questions and their answers may be found here

  1. What is an expungement?
  2. How much does an expungement cost?
  3. How do I submit payment for an expungement?
  4. How long does the expungement process take?
  5. Do I need to submit court documents with my expungement application?
  6. What if I don’t remember what I was arrested for?
  7. What does not qualify for an expungement?
  8. Do convictions ever qualify for expungement?
  9. Do you expunge juvenile charges?
  10. Will I be notified when my application is received?
  11. Will my record at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) be expunged?
  12. What about my court information?
  13. How will the expungement affect my application for a visa, employment, etc.?
  14. How can I get a copy of my expungement certificate?

What is an expungement?

If you are arrested or charged with, but not convicted of a crime, you can apply to have that arrest expunged, or erased, from your criminal record. Your arrest must meet certain criteria as specified by Hawaii Revised Statutes Section 831-3.2.

Arrest records that have been expunged from your criminal record are confidential and are not available to the general public.

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How much does it cost to apply for an expungement?

The fee for your first expungement application is $35.00, including a $10 non-refundable processing fee. The fee for any subsequent application for expungement is $50.00, including a $10 non-refundable processing fee.

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How do I submit payment for an expungement?

Payment may be made by money order or cashier’s check made payable to the “State of Hawaii”. If the application is submitted in person at the Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center, cash will be accepted.

Mail Payment to: Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center
465 S. King St. #102
Honolulu, HI. 96813

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How long does the expungement process take?

The process takes 120 days. You will receive a certificate when the expungement is complete. Until that time the qualifying arrests will remain on your criminal record. The certificate will state which arrests have been expunged from your criminal record.

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Do I need to submit court documents with my expungement application?

It is not required, but sending in a copy of your certified dismissal order is helpful.

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What if I don’t remember what I was arrested for?

You may write “All Expungeable” in the “Offense” column and we will remove all charges that qualify. However, if you do know what you were arrested for, write the charge in the “Offense” column. Any additional information such as date of arrest and place of arrest will also be helpful in the process.

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What does not qualify for an expungement?

  • Charges without final dispositions.
  • Charges with guilty dispositions.
  • Charges resulting in acquittals by reason of insanity or mental incapacity.
  • Charges with less than one (1) year from dismissal of deferred acceptance of guilty or no contest pleas.
  • Prostitution (HRS 712-1200) charges with less than four (4) years from dismissal of deferred acceptance of guilty or no contest pleas.

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Do convictions ever qualify for expungement?

No, convictions stay on your criminal record. You may apply for a pardon; however pardoned charges do remain on your record and do not qualify for expungement. For information about pardons, contact Hawaii Paroling Authority at (808) 587-1300.

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-What happens if my application does not qualify for expungement?

The application fee includes a $10.00 fee that will not be returned if it is found that your application does not qualify for expungement. Your application form and the remainder of the application fee will be returned to you.

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-Do you expunge juvenile charges?

No, we do not expunge juvenile charges. For information about juvenile charges, contact Family Court at (808) 954-8144.

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Will I be notified when my expungement application is received?

No, but you may send in your application by certified mail which can be tracked by the U.S. Postal Service.

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Will my record at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) be expunged?

We will send a courtesy letter to the FBI requesting them to remove the expunged Hawaii charges from their files.

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What about my court information?

The expungement process does not include the removal of court or traffic records. If you have questions or concerns regarding the removal of court records or obtaining court documents, you may contact the Judiciary Public Affairs Office at (808) 539-4909.

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How will the expungement affect my application for a visa, employment, etc.?

You should contact the agency that you are applying with for information.

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How can I get a copy of my expungement certficate?

You can request a copy by writing to our office and enclosing a $20.00 money order or cashier’s check made payable to the “State of Hawaii”. Include a copy of your valid photo ID, your full current name, any previous names, social security numbers, date of birth, the charges that were expunged, a day time phone number, and mailing address.

Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center
465 S. King Street, Room 102
Honolulu, HI 96813

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