Limited Access

Limited Access Order Pursuant to Pa.R.Crim.P. 791

On November 14, 2016, Pennsylvania signed into law Act 5 of 2016, which created a new form of relief for Pennsylvanians called an Order for Limited Access.  This new law allows old or minor convictions to be sealed.  In other words, people who have certain misdemeanor convictions can ask the court to seal their record allowing only law enforcement and state licensing agencies to have access to their entire criminal history.  It will NOT be available to the public or employers.

The most common offenses that can be sealed include drug possession, DUI, minor thefts, disorderly conduct and prostitution.  What cannot be sealed are felony charges and assaults.

How do I determine if I can seal my criminal record?

Use this flowchart to see if your record can be sealed.  This chart is only for educational purposes.

If you determine your record can be sealed, you must complete the Petition for Limited Access and follow the instructions provided by the Luzerne County Clerk of Courts Office.

Eligibility is highly individualized, so please consult with an attorney or contact the Luzerne County Public Defender’s Office to find out more about sealing your record.