There are two ways a juvenile record may qualify for sealing under the Texas Family Code:
Sealing Records without Application (Auto Sealing) - Section 58.253
A person who was referred to a Juvenile Probation Department for delinquent conduct is entitled to have all records related to the person's juvenile matter sealed without applying to the Juvenile Court if the person:
At age 19, if the above criteria are met, the record shall be automatically sealed. For further information regarding automatic sealing or to see if you qualify for automatic sealing please contact the Sealing Clerk at 817-838-4600.
Application for Sealing Records (Sealing with Application to the Court) - Section 58.256(c)
The Juvenile Court may NOT order the sealing of a record for a person who:
Applications to Seal must be filed with the District Clerk's Office at 2701 Kimbo Road, Fort Worth, TX 76111 (817) 838-4645. Please refer to Section 58.256(b) of the Texas Family Code for helpful information that must be contained in the Application and Order to Seal. The Application/Order must also contain identifying information regarding each offense, the DPS Tracking numbers (if applicable) and all agencies involved with the juvenile record. Mailing of the Application/Order must be sent certified mail.
You may retain an attorney or file Pro Se. If filing Pro Se and under the age of 17, a responsible parent/guardian must appear at the sealing hearing with you.
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