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Criminal-record Sealing
Sealing of the record pursuant to O.R.C. 2953.31 through 2953.61
Sealing of a criminal record makes it not publicly available.
Criminal-record Sealing Overview
1. Where to go for an application/motion for sealing of a record:
Misdemeanor Hamilton County
Justice Center
Room 115
1000 Sycamore Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
8AM - 3PM
Monday - Friday
Felony Hamilton County
Court House
Room 315
1000 Main Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
8AM - 4PM
Monday - Friday
2. Eligibility:
  • No D.U.I.'s/O.V.I.'s
  • No limit for ignored, dismissed, or acquitted finding
  • Must be an "eligible offender".
    • An eligible offender is definded as anyone who has been convicted of an offense in this state or any other jurisdiction and who has not more than one felony conviction, not more than two misdemeanor convictions, or not more then one felony conviction and one misdemeanor conviction in this state or any other jurisdiction.
3. Waiting Period:
  • Misdemeanor - One (1) year after the completion of the sentence.
  • Felony - Three (3) years after the completion of the sentence.
  • Ignored Case - Two (2) years after Grand Jury report ignoring case.
  • Dismissal or Acquittal - No waiting period.
4. Filing Fee:
  • No fee for non-convictions
  • $50 non-refundable fee for convictions
5. Legal Advice:
  • The Clerk of Courts does not give legal advice, and nothing in this general summary should be construed as legal advice. Persons applying for a sealing of a criminal record or expungement should consult with an attorney for advice if needed.
Sealing of Record Links
Common Pleas Sealing of Record
1. Guidelines
2. Application for Sealing of Record
3. Affidavit of Indigency
Municipal Court Expungement
1. Guidelines
2. Application for Sealing of Record - Conviction
3. Application for Expungement - Non-Conviction
4. Affidavit of Indigency
Hamilton County Office of Re-entry & The Ohio Justice Policy Center
1. Ohio Criminal Records Manual
Quick Links