Record Sealing

REQUIREMENTS FOR SEALING/DESTROYING JUVENILE RECORDS

RCW 13.50.260

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Eligibility to have a Juvenile Record Sealed

This section only applies to qualified disposition order entered after June 11, 2014 (RCW Title 13.50)

  1. Juvenile Offender is at least 18 years of age.
  2. Has completed the terms of the Disposition Order (to include paying fines/fees/restitution/and court ordered community service hours).
  3. Has completed the terms of the confinement at the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration or the completion of parole, if the respondent is transferred to the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration.
  4. The crime committed was not:
    • A most serious offense as defined in RCW 9.94A.030;
    • A sex offense under chapter 94.44 RCW;
    • A drug offense as defined in RCW 9.94A.030;

Alternative Sealing Process

If a juvenile offender court record was not subject to the process described above, and the information was filed pursuant to RCW 13.40.100 or a complaint was filed with the prosecutor and reffered for diversion pursuant to RCW 13.40.070, the juvenile may file a motion with the court to vacate the order and the findings and to seal the official juvenile court file, the social file, and records of the court and of any other agency in the case. Reasonable notice shall be given to the prosecution and to any person or agency whose records are sought to be sealed.

The court shall grant motion to seal records for a class A offenses if:

  1. Since the last date of release from confinement, including full-time residential treatment, or entry of disposition, the person spent five consecutive years in the community without committing any offense or crime resulting in adjudication or conviction;
  2. No proceeding is pending against the moving party that seeks the conviction of a juvenile offense or a criminal offense;
  3. No proceeding is pending that seeks the information of a diversion agreement with that person;
  4. The person is no longer required to register as a sex offender under RCW 94.44.130 or is relieved of the duty to register under RCW 94.44.143 if the person was convicted of a sex offense;
  5. The person was not convicted of rape in the first or second degree, or of indecent liberties that actually committed with forcible compulsion; and
  6. The person paid restitution to the victim named in the order, excluding any owed to an insurance provider authorized under the Title 48 RCW.

The court shall grant a motion to seal records for class B, class C, gross misdemeanor, and misdemeanor offenses and diversions if:

  1. Since the last date of release from confinement, including full-time residential treatment, or entry of disposition, or completion of the diversion agreement, the person spent two consecutive years in the community without being convicted of any offense or crime;
  2. No proceeding is pending against the moving party that seeks the conviction of a juvenile offense or criminal offense;
  3. No proceeding is pending that seeks the information of a diversion agreement with that person;
  4. The person is no longer required to register as a sex offender under RCW 94.44.130 or is relieved of the duty to register under RCW 94.44.143 if the person was convicted of a sex offense; and
  5. The person paid restitution to the victim named in the order, excluding any owed to an insurance provider authorized under Title 48 RCW.

Please contact the Lewis County Clerk's Office at 360-740-2704 to inquire about any outstanding fines or fees.

Eligibility To Destroy a Record

OFFENSE TYPE:Consists of a single diversion entered before 6/12/2008

  1. Age 18 or older
  2. 2 years since completing diversion
  3. Motion/Notice to destroy the record

OFFENSE TYPE:Consists of a single diversion entered after 6/11/2008

  1. Age 18 or older
  2. 2 years since completing diversion
  3. No pending charges
  4. Full restitution paid
  5. Destruction is automatic

OFFENSE TYPE:Consists of only diversions

  1. Age 23 or older
  2. No pending charges
  3. Motion/Notice to destroy records (court must order it)

The following publication may assist you in navigating the process of juvenile record sealing in Washington State Record Sealing Instructions