Originally Posted by hspohr
It means it no longer exists. That does NOT mean that it is not in somebody's database somewhere.
There are several thousand questions on this forum similar to yours. Thus, I have prepared a standard answer.
Standard answer: Expungement is generally granted for illegal arrests or unlawful convictions. Generally, pardons mean you are forgiven for the crime but it remains on your record.
Check with the governor or attorney general of your state to see how you can go about either of these procedures. Check with the Attorney General or the President for federal expungement or pardon.
You must remember that there may be private background check companies that have past offenses on their databases; those reports will never be expunged.
Stand by...others may offer more advice.
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