Expunction Procedure

Juveniles who have records with the Juvenile Department may apply for expunction of their records by completing an Application for Expunction. The following conditions must be met:

  1. You turn eighteen (18) after January 2, 2022 and have never been found within the jurisdiction of the Court.  Your record will automatically be expunged after you turn eighteen (18). It may take up to six (6) months for the process to be completed. A letter will be sent to the last known address with the department when the process is complete.
  2. You are over eighteen (18) and turned 18 before January 3, 2022 and have never been found within the jurisdiction of the Court – your record can be expunged with a completed application. It may take up to six (6) months to be completed. A letter will be sent to the last known address with the department when the process is complete.
  3. You are at least eighteen (18) and:
    • At least five years have passed since the date of closure of your most recent Juvenile Court case;
    • Since your most recent closure, you have not been convicted of a Felony or a Class A Misdemeanor;
    • No proceedings seeking a criminal conviction or an adjudication in a Juvenile Court are pending against you;
    • You are not within the jurisdiction of the court for any delinquent act or certain types of dependency petitions;
    • and
    • The Juvenile Department is not aware of any pending investigation of you by any law enforcement agency.

If the above criteria are met the Juvenile Court has the authority to order all or any part of your record expunged.

  1. If the above criteria are not met, you may still request expunction. The court will order expunction if it finds that to do so would be in the best interest of you and the public. You must apply for this consideration. The District Attorney (DA) may object to the expunction.  If the DA objects you will be notified of their objections.  The DA must provide notice to victims at the time of the expunction request.  You and the victims will be notified of any scheduled hearing related to the expunction.

Oregon law provides for certain records to be destroyed. See Oregon Revised Statute Chapter 419A for the complete statute that governs expunction of a juvenile record.

 

STEPS FOR SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION FOR EXPUNCTION

If you are able to come into the Juvenile Department in person:

  1. Be sure to bring your state issued ID.
  2. Go to the reception desk at 222 N. First Avenue, Hillsboro, OR 97124 and request an application for expunction.
  3. Fill out the form.
  4. The juvenile department will help with Page 3 of the form regarding referrals and dates upon request.
  5. You will be contacted if there are any questions/objections and will mail you the Final Order once the process is complete.
  6. The Expunction process does NOT involve a fee.

If you are unable to pick up the application from the Juvenile Department in person, you may download it from the Expunction Forms page of this website or call the Juvenile Department (503-846-8861) to have an application mailed to you. You will also need to fill out the required fields on the form. 

IMPORTANT: Return the application to the Juvenile Department - mail to the address above. You will be contacted if there are any questions/objections and will mail you the Final Order once the process is complete.