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Sealing Washington Criminal Records » Requirements

In order to seal your criminal record in Washington, you must fulfill the following requirements:

  • You must not have been convicted of the charge.
  • If charges were formally filed, must wait two years since the dismissal.
  • Proceedings must not be actively pending.
  • If charges were not formally filed, must wait three years since the arrest.

However, the agency maintaining the record may refuse to seal a record even if sealing is approved by the courts under these circumstances:

  • The disposition was a deferred prosecution or similar diversion.
  • The person has had a prior conviction for a felony or gross misdemeanor.
  • The person has been arrested for or charged with another crime during the interviewing period. provides a free online eligibility test where you can easily check if you qualify for this service.

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