Harvey Ruvin - Clerk of the Courts - Miami-Dade County, Florida

Unsealing of an Expunge Criminal Record

To unseal an Expunge Court File.  The expunge court file is only available to the following:

943.0585 (4)  EFFECT OF CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD EXPUNCTION:

Any criminal history record of a minor or an adult which is ordered expunged by a court of competent jurisdiction pursuant to this section must be physically destroyed or obliterated by any criminal justice agency having custody of such record; except that any criminal history record in the custody of the department must be retained in all cases. A criminal history record ordered expunged that is retained by the department is confidential and exempt from the provisions of s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution and not available to any person or entity except upon order of a court of competent jurisdiction. A criminal justice agency may retain a notation indicating compliance with an order to expunge.

  • Expunged court file can only be viewed with a court order signed by the judge.   The defendant, attorney, or criminal justice agency must file a motion to unseal an expunge case.  Valid photo identification is required.
  • Forms available in person only.
  • The clerk will obtain a court date for a defendant filing a motion pro se, but other entity will need to obtain a court date from the division judge judicial assistant.