In California, it is possible to seal juvenile court records for all but very serious offenses.
To ask a court to seal your juvenile record, you must be at least 18 years old or at least 5 years must have passed since your juvenile court supervision ended. Then, your record may be sealed if a court finds that:
- You have no subsequent criminal convictions for a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, and
- You have been rehabilitated.
Your record does not qualify for sealing if you committed rape, murder, robbery, or one of the other serious offenses listed in California Welfare & Institutions Code section 707(b) when you were at least 14 years old. (California Welfare & Institutions Code, § 781.)
To seal your juvenile record, you must file a petition with the juvenile court in the county where your case was handled.