If you or a court is unable to find your record of your prior conviction or arrest, you will need to request your record from the California Department of Justice (DOJ). These records are necessary before you can proceed with an expungement of your case.
The DOJ will only release your record upon a fingerprint-verified request from you. If you are located in California, please take a LiveScan form to a facility near you. Once this is done, it will take about 4-6 weeks for us to receive your record.
You can find a local Live Scan provider by calling your local Police Department and ask for a DOJ Live Scan. You can also find a list of providers at http://ag.ca.gov/fingerprints/publications/contact.htm. Most providers charge about $40.
If you reside outside of California or there is not a LiveScan provider near you, you can obtain your reports by submitting a DOJ report request along with a completed fingerprint form. This process typically takes 6-8 weeks to complete.
VERY IMPORTANT: Make sure to save your 10-digit Automated Transaction Identifier (ATI) number that you receive from the Live Scan provider. If you have not received your background information after 4 weeks, call the Department of Justice's automated tracking system and use the ATI number to track the progress of your record search. (The ATI number always appears in the following sequence: 1 LETTER; 3 NUMBERS; 3 LETTERS and 3 NUMBERS)