Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: What information do I need to provide with the expungement certification request?

A: Your name, address, Social Security number and date of birth. An email address is required for online requests.

Q: How do I register to submit an expungement certification request online?

A: Registration is quick and easy. Register at the registration site. Shortly after submitting the request, you will receive an email from KYCourts.net asking you to verify your account. Your account will be registered after you click on the link and log in.

Q: Why am I required to register when using the online process?

A: By registering, you create an account that allows your certification expungement request to be securely processed online.

Q: What should I do if I didn’t receive an email notification after I registered?

A: First, see if you entered the correct email address. Second, make sure the email was not delivered to your junk email folder. You might want to add DoNotReply@KYCourts.net to your email contact list to help identify the email as friendly.

Q: How do I determine the status of my expungement certification request?

A: Log in to the expungement certification request website using the email address and password created at the time the request was made. Your status will be one of the following:

Pay Now. The request was completed and submitted, but payment was not made. Submit payment to proceed with request.

Processing. The Administrative Office of the Courts received the request and is processing a criminal record report.

Sent to KSP. The Administrative Office of the Courts has completed a criminal record report and the request is being processed by the Kentucky State Police.

Complete. The Kentucky State Police has completed the certification. To retrieve the certification package, open the file attached to the request.

Q: Why is an expungement certification necessary?

A: The 2013 Kentucky General Assembly passed Senate Bill 78, which requires every expungement petition in Kentucky to include a certificate of eligibility beginning Jan. 1, 2014. This ensures that judges and prosecutors reviewing expungement petitions have accurate, current information regarding the status of petitioners.

Q: Why does the certification of expungement process take up to 60 days?

A: This time frame allows the Kentucky State Police and the Administrative Office of the Courts to run criminal record reports on the requestor and thoroughly review the requestor’s information.

Q: How will I know when my certification is finished?

A: Online Requests: You will be notified by email.
In-Person Requests: You will be notified by U.S. mail.
Mail-Service Requests: You will be notified by U.S. mail.

Q: Once my expungement certification is complete, where do I go to retrieve it?

A: Online Requests: Visit this site to retrieve your certification packet.
In-Person Requests: You will receive your certification packet by U.S. mail at the address you provided.
Mail-Service Requests: You will receive your certification packet by U.S. mail at the address you provided.

Q: Is an expungement certification the same thing as an expungement?

A: No. Only a judge can grant an expungement. After you receive your certification, you will still need to file a petition for an expungement with the Office of Circuit Court Clerk in the county where the original charge was filed. This action sets the expungement process in motion through the courts.

Q: What do I do after I receive my certification?

A: File the appropriate petition for expungement with the Office of Circuit Court Clerk in the county where the original charge was filed. The petition must be filed before the certification expires in 30 days. The Administrative Office of the Courts is prohibited from providing legal advice. If you need help filing an expungement petition, you might want to consult with an attorney.

Q: How do I locate an Office of Circuit Court Clerk?

A: Circuit court clerks maintain court records and have offices in every Kentucky county. For a directory of circuit court clerks, click here.

Q: After I receive my certification, how long do I have to file a petition for expungement?

A: Expungement certifications expire after 30 days. If your certification expires before you file for an expungement, you must obtain another certification to ensure your information is current. It will cost $40 each time you request an expungement certification.

Q: I think there might be a problem with the results of my certification. What do I do?

A: If you have questions about the results of your certification, contact the Kentucky State Police at 502-782-9922.

Q: I think the information on my background check is incorrect. What do I do?

A: If you have questions about the results of your criminal record report, contact the Records Unit at the Administrative Office of the Courts at 800-928-6381.

Q: Are there benefits to requesting an expungement certification electronically?

A: Yes. If you make your request online, you will receive email notifications throughout the process, you can check on the status of your certification online and you can download your certification packet as soon as it becomes available.

Q: What is the cost of an expungement certification?

A: The cost is $40.

Q: My certification says I’m ineligible for an expungement. Can I still file for an expungement?

A: Yes, you may still file for an expungement. Only a judge can grant an expungement and you may file a petition for expungement regardless of the eligibility determination by the Kentucky State Police.

Q: What makes a charge eligible for expungement?

A: The conditions that make a charge eligible for expungement can be found in these Kentucky Revised Statutes:

KRS 431.076
KRS 431.078
KRS 431.079