Application for Record Sealing and Driver's License Reinstatement Assistance
This application is for low-income residents in Cuyahoga County who need help sealing a criminal record or understanding eligibility for
Ohio's new driver license program to reduce or eliminate reinstatement fees. The Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry will accept applications
through this portal on an ongoing basis. The Cuyahoga County Public Defender's Office will coordinate with other partners to provide legal services,
including Case Western Reserve University Law School's Second Chance Clinic, the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and the Cleveland-Marshall
College of Law’s Pardon, Clemency and Expungement Clinic.
Please fill out and submit this online form to apply for help.
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Agree to terms of submitting application
By submitting this request for assistance, I agree that the Office of Reentry, the Cuyahoga County Public Defender's Office, Case Western Reserve University
Law School's Second Chance Clinic, the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s Pardon, Clemency and Expungement
Clinic can share information about my application with each other, evaluate my eligibility for assistance, and review my background, including, but not limited to,
looking up Ohio BMV driving record, contacting court clerks and/or probation departments to verify payment of costs, fees, and restitution.
Thank you for submitting your application for expungement assistance.
The Public Defender’s office will notify you if they are able to assist you. If you appear to be eligible, they will tell you what the
next steps are. If you are not, they will explain some alternative options. Even if you are eligible to have your record sealed,
the State has the right to oppose the sealing of the record and the judge has discretion on whether or not to seal the record.
* Because there are so many considerations involved in a decision to file an application for expungement, the Public Defender cannot
tell you right away if you are eligible and whether the Office will represent you.*
After submitting your application, you should expect to hear from the Cuyahoga County Public Defender’s office within 4 weeks about whether
they are going to file to seal your record. There are, however, several other steps in the expungement process and, from start to finish,
that process usually takes 6 to 8 months.
In addition to the attorneys, the following staff help facilitate the record sealing process:
Cuyahoga County Public Defender’s Office Expungement Staff: 216.443.7580
Katie Wingle: 216.443.3657, firstname.lastname@example.org