Is there a central agency that handles all expungements?
There is no such thing as a centralized expungement process. The expungement process varies from state to state. Some states favor expungement of felonies, some felonies and misdemeanors, some only misdemeanors and some do not offer expungement at all.
There is a misconception about expungement. Too many people believe that sealing or expungementof records will erase their criminal records. In most cases and in most states, what in effect means is that their convictions will be invisible to the public. They will always be visible to law enforcement, the court system and government agencies.
Many ex-offenders and felons looking for jobs seek legal counsel before the can start an effective job search just to see how their records will impact their ability to get jobs. I suggest contacting your local legal aid office to see just how viable an option expungement is for you. I also suggest you get an accurate copy of your record so you will know exactly what you are dealing with. You can get the most accurate record from the FBI
Individuals can obtain a copy of their national criminal history record from the FBI by submitting a request to the address below. In order to receive a copy of your FBI record for personal, employment, or international work requirements the FBI requires the following:
1) A signed written request with a brief explanation for the request and your complete return mailing address.
2) Each request must contain two completed applicant fingerprint cards with all of the applicant's personal information (name, date of birth, place of birth, etc.) and a current set of 10 rolled fingerprints and eight flat finger impressions. Fingerprints and impressions must be taken by a local law enforcement agency.
3) An $18.00 fee in U.S. currency by certified check or money order payable to the United States Treasury. This information is provided in compliance with the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.
ATTN: SCU, MOD.D-2
1000 Custer Hollow Road
Clarksburg, West Virginia 26303
For more information, you may contact the FBI at 304-625-3878
I hope this helps.