First Offender and Conditional Discharge sentences are required to have an Order of discharge after all conditions have been successfully completed. First Offender cases are restricted automatically after the order is filed. Conditional Discharge cases are eligible for record restriction after completion.
If you previously applied, and have not received a response, or are still waiting, speak to one of our volunteers to be moved to a special section. We will check your name against the pending applications.
You may complete the application and drop it off. However, we cannot discuss criminal history with anyone other than the applicant themselves. The application will be completed as a regular application.
Record restriction removes arrests from the Employment level searches on the official Georgia Criminal History provided by the GBI. However, the case paperwork remains open. In order to seal the court paperwork, a petition must be filed with one of our judges to have the court paperwork sealed. This service will provided on site.
If the question is about an arrest, you do have to answer yes, if you were arrested. A case that has been restricted is not considered a conviction, so you may answer “no”, on conviction, if that case has been fully restricted.
If you received an Order of First Offender Discharge, take it to the Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) located at 3121 Panthersville Road, Decatur, GA 30037. Your GCIC can be sealed. Please note, records will not be sealed without a Court order.
First contact the arresting agency to see if your application has been forwarded to our office. It is always a good idea to find out the date it was mailed to us. Once you have verified that it has been sent over, you can contact the Misdemeanor Expungement Unit at 404-612-4800.