Criminal Record Expungement Glossary

Expungement: Refers to the sealing of records of a criminal or petty misdemeanor offense. A person granted a record expungement can truthfully deny having committed or been convicted of the offense for which they receive an expungement.

BCA: The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, that keeps criminal offense history data on individuals and is frequently accessed by employers to conduct background checks for employment.

MNCIS: The Minnesota Court Information System, that keeps criminal and petty misdemeanor offense history data on individuals and is frequently accessed by employers to conduct background checks for employment.

Pardon Extraordinary: Refers to a process before the Minnesota Pardon Board, made up of the Governor, State Supreme Court Chief Justice, and Minnesota Attorney General, that reverses a conviction or convictions. A pardon does not seal or remove records of an offense.

Expungement of Records Information