Washington's Vacation Eligibility Calculator
If you have convictions in Washington, you can check your eligibility to vacate your conviction for free in less than 10 minutes!
How it works
We break down the laws into understandable language.
You answer a few simple yes/no questions.
This helps determine your vacation eligibility in Washington.
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Vacating a conviction is the process of clearing a conviction from your record so it is not visible to the public anymore. Vacating your conviction can remove that crime from some background checks, and you can say legally that you were never convicted of that crime.
The courts can still reference a vacated conviction in a future criminal proceeding, and not all convictions are eligible for vacation.
If you are convicted of a crime, your criminal record will continue to show that conviction in background checks. Having a criminal record might negatively affect your housing, employment, and educational opportunities.
If you are experiencing this, vacating your conviction removes that crime from background checks, and you can say legally that you were never convicted of that crime. This can help you get access to housing, education, employment, volunteering opportunities, and more.
To be eligible to vacate, there are specific criteria that your conviction must meet.
For misdemeanors, you can use our eligibility calculator to know if you are eligible.
For felonies, please refer to RCW 9.94A.640. An easy to read resource to understand your eligibility is available at Washington Law Help.
A request to vacate may be denied for other reasons, and is up to the discretion of the judge. The most common reasons that a request can be denied is if:
- the court does not believe that vacating your conviction will be in the interest of society,
- you violated probation or have not paid off your fines,
- you are otherwise not eligible to vacate that particular conviction, or
- there was an inaccuracy in the court records and/or the application.
Your conviction will still be in court records and computerized court indexes to court records. If a conviction was a domestic violence case, these records and indexes will still show the case type.
Information about the court records from the cases that led to the convictions are still public. You can still find them on www.courts.wa.gov
Prosecutors can still use evidence of vacated convictions in a later criminal prosecution. They can still use them in a sexually violent predator commitment proceeding.
FBI records and private background check records may still have information about the convictions.