A Checklist for Expungement

August 17, 2022

A Checklist

Kansas Legal Services and Code for KC

Many Kansans with convictions or arrest records are eligible for expungement. Follow these steps to seek an expungement:

Step 1 – Determine Eligibility

1.    Conviction is in a Kansas District Court—not another state or federal.

2.    Conviction is for an offense that is NOT on the list of 19 exceptions (Page 2)

3.    No pending charges (if specialty court, see time rule on page 2)

4.    Not convicted of a felony in the last two years

5.    Not on the registry for violent or sex offenses

6.    If drug offense, meet the qualifications to be removed from the drug registry

7.    Meet time from discharge date requirements (Page 2)

Step 2 – Get Your Information Ready

1.    Your personal information (including name at time of arrest or conviction)

2.    Case history

a.    Court County

b.    Case Number

c.    Arrest and Conviction Statue Numbers and Common Names

d.    Arrest County, Agency, and Date

e.    Discharge Date

Step 3 – Apply

1.    Complete petition, cover sheet, order for hearing, and order for expungement

a.     Kansas Legal Services/Code for KC pro se prototype app https://www.kcdigitaldrive.org/project/clear-my-record-expungement-project/

b.    Or use the Kansas Judicial Council forms https://www.kansasjudicialcouncil.org/legal-forms/expungement-adult

2.    File the documents with the Clerk of the District Court            

a.    Filing fee $195

b.    Unable to Pay? File a Request for a Fee Waiver

https://www.kansasjudicialcouncil.org/legal-forms/civil-actions/chapter-60/poverty-affidavit/poverty-affidavit or use KLS/Code for KC pro se app

3.    Schedule a hearing

4.    Attend the hearing

Offenses Not Eligible for Expungement


Indecent liberties with a child—aggravated or not

Criminal sodomy—aggravated or not

Indecent solicitation of a child—aggravated or not

Sexual exploitation of a child

Internet trading in child pornography —aggravated or not

Aggravated incest

Endangering a child—aggravated or not

Abuse of a child

Capital murder or murder in the first or second degree

Voluntary or involuntary manslaughter

Sexual battery (victim under age 18) or aggravated sexual battery

Commercial driving under the influence (diversions included)

Any comparable offense if the conviction was in effect at any time prior to July 1, 2011

Time from sentence completion or discharge or diversion completion

No Waiting – Complete specialty court program (3yr offenses) and no pending felony

1 Year – Prostitution if coerced

3 years

·      Misdemeanor or class D or E felony

·      Nongrid felony or felony severity levels 6-10 (nondrug) (after July 1, 1993)

·      Traffic Infraction, cigarette, or tobacco infraction

·      Level 4 drug felony (on or after July 1, 1993, but before July 1, 2012)

·      Level 5 drug grid (on or after July 1, 2012)

5 years

·      Class A, B, or C felony

·      Off-grid felony or any felony ranked severity levels 1-5 on nondrug grid (on or after July 1, 1993, or before July 1, 2012)

·      Severity 1-3 drug grid (on or after July 1, 1993, but prior to July 1, 2012)

·      Severity level 1-4 of drug grid on or after July 1, 2012

·      Vehicular homicide

·      Driving while suspended, cancelled, or revoked

·      Perjury

·      Fraudulent applications

·      Any crime punishable as a felony wherein a motor vehicle was used

·      Failure to stop at a scene of an accident

·      Violation of obligations relating to motor vehicle liability insurance coverage

·      Violation of 21-3405b

·      First conviction for DUI

7 Years – DUI 2nd+ offense (on or after July 1, 2014, and prior to July 1, 2015)

10 Years – DUI 2nd+ offense (on or after July 1, 2006 (except 7 yrs. period ’14-’15))

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