Applying for Early Juvenile Expungment

The following requirements must be met, pursuant to Section 943.0515(1)(b)2, Florida Statutes (F.S.), in order to obtain an early juvenile expungement of an FDLE criminal history record.

All of the items listed below are required at the time the application is submitted. If an item is missing or incomplete, the entire application packet will be returned unprocessed. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received in full. The application, fingerprints and certified disposition must be received within one year of the earliest signature.

  • Application – You may obtain an application for the Early Juvenile Expungement by downloading the application (Download Seal/Expunge Package), or by emailing the FDLE Expunge Section at, and requesting an application be sent to you.

    • Section A - Section A of the application must be completed and signed by the applicant and parent/guardian (if under 18 years of age) in the presence of a Notary Public or a Deputy Clerk of the Court.

    • Section B – The state attorney (with the Office of the State Attorney or Statewide Prosecutor having jurisdiction) must complete Section B, approving the application, to authorize expungement of the FDLE record.

  • Fingerprints - An FDLE fingerprint form, FD 40-024, is supplied within the application packet. A fingerprint card may be used in place of the fingerprint form. Fingerprints must be taken by a member of a law enforcement or criminal justice agency. The fingerprint form/card must include the applicant’s name, race, sex, date of birth, agency ORI, signatures (applicant and official taking fingerprints) and social security number*.

    *FDLE asks that you provide your social security number (SSN). The decision to provide your SSN is your option; however, failure to provide your SSN may result in a delay in processing your application or request. If you provide your SSN, FDLE will use it for purposes of identification, and may disclose the information to other agencies for the same purpose pursuant to Section 119.071(5)(a)2.b., F.S. FDLE's request for your SSN is authorized by state law, Section 119.071(5)(a)2.a.II, F.S., because it is imperative for the performance of FDLE's duties and responsibilities.

  • Processing Fee – A NONREFUNDABLE check, money order or cashier’s check for $75.00 made payable to FDLE must accompany the application. FDLE does not accept cash, gift cards or other payment types. Payment must be received by the listed expiration date or one year from date listed on the payment, whichever is sooner. 
Effective July 1, 2016, the fee will be waived for individuals who were in out-of-home care at the time of the criminal offense, who are seeking to seal or expunge a record, if they provide a copy of their Shelter Order with their application.

Special Note: It is highly recommended that you obtain and keep a copy of all pertinent documents (i.e., arrest report, disposition, and order to expunge or seal) for your records before you secure the sealing or expungement of your criminal history records. Once a record has been expunged under Section 943.0585, F.S., it is no longer available to be disseminated to anyone (including the subject of the record), under any circumstances, absent a court order so authorizing. FDLE, as well as any other state or local agency, is statutorily prohibited from releasing copies of court-ordered expunged records. FDLE may only release a copy of an expunged record upon receipt of a court order.

Generally, juvenile records are confidential and exempt from public release.  FDLE’s limited authority to release juvenile records can be found in Section 943.053(3)(b)1, Florida Statutes.  The statute authorizes FDLE to release juvenile criminal history information from Florida sources only when the juvenile has been:
  1. Taken into custody by a law enforcement officer for a violation of law which, if committed by an adult, would be a felony; or
  2. Charge with a violation of law, which if committed by an adult, would be a felony; or
  3. Found to have committed an offense, if committed by an adult, would be a felony; or
  4. Transferred to adult court.
Juvenile records that have been expunged or sealed are not subject to public release.
Download Application for an Early Juvenile Expungement
Reasons for Denial of Early Juvenile Expungement