How to Expunge Your Record
Please note that these instructions are written with the Metropolitan branch of the Superior Court in Bakersfield as its main focus. If you intend to file your documents in another branch of the Kern County Superior Court, call that branch to learn of the dates and times that are available for misdemeanor and felony hearings.
Please note as well before you start reading the instructions that in Bakersfield’s Metro Division and Metro Justice Building, you are able to schedule a hearing both for your 1) petition to expunge your conviction and 2) petition to seal your arrest record at the same time. You may wish to read the instructions for both sets of documents before you start the process.
Misdemeanor Expungement Instructions may be downloaded here. Please contact the Law Library if you are having trouble downloading this document.
Felony Expungement Instructions may be downloaded here.
Click here to download the CR-180, and click here to download the CR-181. When filling out these forms, you may wish to watch this video prepared by the fantastic Sacramento County Public Law Library to assist self-represented parties who wish to petition to have their convictions dismissed. Please bear in mind that as the video was prepared with Sacramento County in mind, it makes reference to Sacramento County’s website and courthouse. To access your case information on the Kern County Superior Court website, you can visit this link and look up your case number and information using your name and birthdate. Otherwise, the video is full of wonderfully informative content that will help you complete your CR-180 and CR-181.
Seal Arrest and Related Records
If you have already completed the process of expungement, or you have been arrested but your arrest did not result in a conviction, you may also want to petition the court to seal the arrest and related records.
You may download instructions for that process here.
Here are the instructions if you are looking to Seal and Destroy Arrest Record – Misdemeanor.
Here are the instructions if you are looking to Seal and Destroy Arrest Record – Felony
You have a choice of forms to use when you petition to have your arrest record sealed.
You may use the Judicial Council Petition and Order, or you may use the Kern County Local Petition and Order. Feel free to review both sets of documents and decide which works best for you. You can use the same Proofs of Service linked above in the section on Expungement.
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