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How to remove a criminal record

Region: Ontario Answer Number: 2160

If you have been accused and charged with a crime and you were fingerprinted, or you attended criminal court as the accused, you do have a criminal record – even if you were found not-guilty. With limited exceptions, criminal records do not automatically get removed. It is up to the individual to take the necessary steps to remove their record.

How to remove a criminal record

How a criminal record will be removed depends on a variety of factors, such as: the outcome of the charges, the number of charges, and the policies of the charging police service. Generally speaking however:

  • if the outcome resulted in a not-guilty verdict, a destruction of the person’s fingerprints and photographs and the destruction or sealing of the outcome record is required
  • an offence that was discharged requires a purge and a destruction
  • a conviction requires a record suspension (formerly called a pardon)

The rules for destroying, purging or sealing a criminal record are constantly changing. It is a good idea, therefore, to seek the assistance of a record removal professional.

To erase your criminal record, call toll-free 1-866-898-7767 or learn more at Pardon Pros. It’s easier than you think.

If you have been charged with a criminal offence, refer to our criminal law section.



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