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File Request to Expunge a Criminal Record

Expungement refers to the purging of criminal history records. O.C.G.A. §35‐3‐37(d) provides for the expungement of certain criminal history records when approved by the prosecuting attorney. GCIC cannot expunge a criminal history record without the approval of the prosecuting attorney.



Expunge a Criminal Record?

You may want to request a copy of your criminal history order to gather important information about what is on your record, including the arresting agency and arrest date. You can use our online records request form to request this information.
Any requests or applications submitted to the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office for expungement processing will necessitate a $25.00 fee. This fee should be submitted as a money order or certified check payable to the “Georgia Bureau of Investigation” and must accompany the approved Request for Expungement Form provided by the prosecuting attorney. Please note that each Request Form may pertain to ONE (1) Date of Arrest, even if multiple charges were filed on that date. The fee submission to GCIC is required after the prosecutor approves the request and submits it to GCIC.

As authorized under O.C.G.A. §35-3-37(d)(1)(B), the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office requires payment of a $25.00 non-refundable fee to process an expungement request. Completed paperwork and the non-refundable processing fee must be submitted to CJIS Compliance Specialist Ashley Dean. The processing fee must be paid via certified check or money order made payable to the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office.


Request for Expungement Form

Request to Restrict Record Application


The applicant will complete Section One of the Request for Expungement and forward the three-page Request for Expungement to the arresting agency. The Request for Expungement Form can be downloaded below.


The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office will complete Section Two of the Request for Expungement and forward the three-page Request for Expungement to the prosecutor for approval.


The prosecutor will approve or deny the request and return the form to the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office.
The Clerk of Court will not expunge a charge if the applicant was found guilty, served a sentence (such as incarceration time or probation), or paid fines/fees. The decision to expunge specific charges (such as nolle prossed, dismissed, not guilty, etc.,) is at the sole discretion of District Attorney Lee Darragh. Once a request decision is finalized, the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office will notify the applicant in writing. If the expungement request is approved by the prosecutor, the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office will return the approved Request Form to the applicant, who will be responsible for forwarding the approved Request Form and $25.00 fee to GCIC.

If the approved Request Form is received by GCIC without payment, the request will be rejected and returned to the applicant.


Where do I send my Expungement Request?

Fees and Contact information

The applicant will mail the approved Request for Expungement Form and $25.00 fee (money order or certified check payable to “Georgia Bureau of Investigation”) to:
Georgia Crime Information Center Expungements
P.O. Box 370808
Decatur, Georgia 30037-0808
Requests for expungement may be paid in person to GCIC between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except designated state holidays. GCIC is located at:
3121 Panthersville Road
Decatur, Georgia 30034
To check the status of your request, contact the GCIC CCH/Identification Services at (404) 270-8396. The requestor will be responsible for obtaining application disposition from the Clerk of Court. To contact the Clerk of Court, please call (706) 344-3510 For all other inquiries, contact CJIS Compliance Specialist Ashley Dean at (706) 344-3535 or email Ashley at adean@dawsoncountysheriff.org

Open Records Online Request

Requestor Name(Required)
Requestor Address(Required)
To minimize administrative and copying charges, kindly provide a specific description of the records you are requesting. For instance, specify whether you are requesting 911 records, arrest reports, incident reports, accident reports, or provide detailed information about the type of information you seek.
I acknowledge that, as per O.C.G.A. § 50-18-71, I may incur administrative, supply, and copying fees associated with the search, retrieval, copying, and supervision of access to the requested documents. The administrative fee is calculated at the hourly rate of the lowest-paid full-time employee qualified to respond to my request, with no charge for the initial fifteen minutes required to address the request. A detailed cost breakdown will be provided to outline all expenses related to fulfilling this request. I hereby accept responsibility for covering all associated copying and administrative costs for my open records request.