Instructions for  Early Juvenile Expungement

The following requirements must be met, pursuant to Section 943.0515(1)(b)2, Florida Statutes, in order to obtain an early juvenile expungement of an FDLE criminal history record.
 
 
  • Application – You may obtain an application for the Early Juvenile Expungement by downloading from this website, or by emailing the FDLE Expunge Section at Seal-Expunge@fdle.state.fl.us, and requesting an application be mailed to you. Some Clerks of Court may also have application forms available.

  • Section A - Section A of the application must be completed and signed in the presence of a Notary Public or a Deputy Clerk of the Court.

  • Fingerprints - The applicant must be fingerprinted by an authorized (trained, proficient) member of a law enforcement or criminal justice agency. The fingerprint form must include the applicant’s name, race, sex, date of birth, social security number (SSN)*, and signature, prior to submission to FDLE. An FDLE Fingerprint Form, FD 40-024, is supplied with the application packet. A fingerprint card can be used in place of the fingerprint form if the law enforcement or criminal justice agency is unable to fingerprint you on the fingerprint form provided.

  • 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.

  • Processing Fee – A NONREFUNDABLE 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 personal checks.
Effective July 1, 2016, for individuals who were in out-of-home care at the time of the criminal offense they are seeking to seal or expunge the fee will be waived if they provide a copy of their Shelter Order with their application.
 
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.  That statute authorizes FDLE to release juvenile criminal history information from Florida sources only when the juvenile has been:

a. Taken into custody by a law enforcement officer for a violation of law which, if committed by an adult, would be a felony; or

b. Charged with a violation of law which, if committed by an adult, would be a felony; or

c. Found to have committed an offense which, if committed by an adult, would be a felony; or

d. Transferred to adult court.
 
Juvenile records that have been expunged or sealed are not subject to public release.
 
*FDLE asks that you provide your social security number (SSN). The decision to provide your SSN is at your option, but 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. FDLE's request for your SSN is authorized by state law, Section 119.071(5)(a)2.a.II, Florida Statutes, because it is imperative for the performance of FDLE's duties and responsibilities.
 
 
Download Application for an Early Juvenile Expungement
Reasons for Denial of Early Juvenile Expungement