Expungement May Allow You to Clear Your Past Criminal Record

Old criminal records prevent many Vermonters from obtaining jobs, housing or educational opportunities.

If you have a past criminal conviction, or a charge that has been dismissed, you may want to figure out whether you can “expunge” your criminal record. Through the expungement process, the State of Vermont allows for specific convictions and dismissed charges to be wiped from your record after a certain amount of time has passed. There are a couple of different sealing or expungement laws, and the requirements are a bit different for each.

Expungement events are popping up around the state, and Vermont Legal Aid is helping.


See a list of expungement events on our Vermont Law Help website.


If you would like to speak to Vermont Legal Aid about expungement, follow these steps:

  1. Fill out the online form on our Vermont Law Help website.
  2. When the form asks about your legal problem, mention that you need help with “expungement.”
  3. If you have it handy, include information about your past Vermont convictions.
  4. Include your contact information.
  5. After you submit the form, someone from Vermont Legal Aid will contact you.