Expungements
Greenville Staff

Director of Diversion Programs
Judy Steadman

Administrative Support
Tracy Starkes


Pickens Staff

Program Coordinator
Teresa Timms

Administrative Support
Leslie Abercrombie

An expungement is a court order for the destruction of criminal records relating to an arrest or a conviction. South Carolina law will allow for expungement of criminal offenses under limited circumstances.

Applications for expungement must be made to the Court in the county and state in which the arrest occurred. Each county in South Carolina may have different application procedures. You will need to contact the county where you were arrested for additional information.

Magistrate Courts and Municipal Courts are required to process requests for expungements for charges that were dismissed or where the defendant was found not guilty in their courts. Expungement requests for charges dismissed in General Sessions or where the defendant pled guilty in Magistrate Court or Municipal Court are processed by the Solicitor’s Office.

The Solicitor's Office will not be able to discuss eligibility requirements over the telephone. You must submit a written application. Applications are accepted Monday-Friday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. For questions regarding Greenville County expungements, you may call (864) 467-8723. For questions regarding Pickens County expungements, you may call (864) 898-5628.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Expungement requests are processed according to the date received in our office. We understand the urgency of your request and will process your application as quickly as possible. Due to the high volume of requests, the expungement process currently takes 10 to 16 weeks.

Disclaimer: The general information provided in these FAQ’s is not legal advice, cannot be cited as legal authority and cannot replace the advice or an attorney licensed in the state of South Carolina. The information in these FAQ’s is accurate as of the date of publication. The information contained in this document is subject to unscheduled and unannounced revisions.

  1. What is an expungement?

  2. How much does it cost to have a charge expunged?

  3. Can I get a fee waiver if I can not afford to pay the fees?

  4. Will a previous expungement keep me from getting one for a current charge?

  5. How do I get a charge that was dismissed or not guilty in a Magistrate or Municipal court expunged?

  6. How can I obtain a criminal background check?

    • http://www.sled.sc.gov/ and click on criminal background check on the left side of the page.
    • Public Records located at the Law Enforcement Center.

  7. If I completed Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) or the Alcohol Education Program (AEP), can I get my charge(s) expunged?

  8. How do I know if the charge has been removed from my record?

  9. Can I have my traffic violations expunged?

  10. What if my charge is from a different state?

  11. Why can't my conviction be expunged when it’s such an old charge?

  12. What if the criminal record check does not show what happened to the charge?

  13. What is a pardon? Where do I get information from for a pardon?

  14. Where can I find more information regarding expungement if I still have questions?

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