Expungement Waiting Periods

Type of Conviction Eligibility Time Passed Statute
Indictable (Felony) Conviction 1 if no more than 3 Disorderly Persons convictions

6 years

5 years (Early Pathway)

N.J.S.A. 2C:52-2

N.J.S.A. 2C:52-2(a)2

Disorderly Persons (Misdemeanor) Up to 4 convictions if no felonies. Up to 3 convictions with one felony conviction.

5 years

3 years (Early Pathway)

N.J.S.A. 2C:52-3

N.J.S.A. 2C:52-3(b)2

Municipal Ordinance Violation No limit if no felonies and no more than 2 Disorderly Persons convictions 2 years N.J.S.A. 2C:52-4
Individual Juvenile Delinquency Adjudications/Records Same as for adult offenses Same as for adult offenses N.J.S.A. 2C:52-4.1(a)
Entire Juvenile Record 5 years N.J.S.A. 2C:52-4.1(b)
Certain Drug Convictions for Young Offenders (21 and younger) No limit if for possession or use of CDS 1 year N.J.S.A. 2C:52-5
Arrests Not Resulting in Conviction (Dismissal, Acquittal, finding Not Guilty), Veterans Diversion Program No Limit Immediately N.J.S.A. 2C:52-6
Special Probation (Drug Court) or Court-Ordered Rehabilitation/Graduate No limit Immediately N.J.S.A. 2C:35-14
Conditional Discharge, Conditional Dismissal. Pre-Trial Intervention, or other special treatment/diversion program No limit 6 months from dismissal date N.J.S.A. 2C:52-6


“Time Passed” is the time elapsed since the most recent conviction, payment of fine, satisfactory completion of probation or parole, or release from incarceration, whichever is later.