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Oakland County Clean Slate Program

Administered by Oakland County Michigan Works!

ATTENTION: Impaired Driving Misdemeanor Expungement
New state legislation allows for one misdemeanor impaired driving conviction to be eligible for expungement through the Clean Slate program. Restrictions apply. Please note, it will not take effect until Feb. 19, 2022. No Application to Set Aside Conviction can be filed and no expungement of an impaired driving conviction will take place before the effective date of the legislation. Any requests for expungement of such a conviction before the effective date will be denied as existing law will be applied.

​New expungement legislation in Michigan takes effect this year, significantly increasing the number of individuals who are now eligible to have their criminal convictions removed from public records.

 You may qualify for free expungement assistance through Oakland County Clean Slate Program

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​For persons who have criminal records, expungement opens the door to better jobs, better housing and educational opportunities - a better quality of life.

Specific documentation about your felony or misdemeanor will be reviewed and, if it meets the eligibility criteria, the Oakland County Clean Slate Program will help you expunge your record. The first step is to complete a Request for Expungement Services form.

STOP! If you are not a resident of Oakland County, please do not submit a request.

Clean Slate is a statewide program and applicants should seek services in their county of residence.
To find your nearest Michigan Works! visit: Michigan Works! Network


After you complete the online Request Form, an Oakland County Clean Slate Program ​representative will contact you with more information on your eligibility and/or next steps.

If you need assistance completing this form please contact your nearest Oakland County Michigan Works! Service Center. See office listing below.

Why Do People Seek Expungement?

90% - Oakland County Clean Slate Program -​ clients that say new or better employment opportunities are their reasons for seeking expungement.

- University of Michigan Empirical expungement Study, 2019

23% - Wage Increase One Year After expungement. 
- University of Michigan Empirical expungement Study, 2019
Due to the high demand for Clean Slate services, there will be at least 60 day delay in receiving an initial eligibility response. We appreciate your patience as we review the Requests in the order they were received.

 Expungement Eligibility

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  • Up to three felonies and an unlimited number of misdemeanors, with certain conditions on the types of offenses that qualify:
    • No more than two assaultive crimes may be expunged
    • No more than one felony conviction for the same offense if the offense is punishable by more than 10 years imprisonment

  • The waiting period to apply after a person's monitoring by the justice system ends (i.e. sentencing, probation, release from incarceration, parole, whichever occurred last) if they remain conviction-free. The waiting period will be:
    • Three years for misdemeanors
    • Five years for serious misdemeanors or one felony
    • Seven years for multiple felonies

  • Most traffic offenses will be eligible for expungement. This excludes convictions for:
    • Driving while intoxicated
    • Traffic offenses that cause injury or death
    • Commercial Driver License violations

  • Misdemeanor marijuana possession and use that would not have been considered crimes after recreational marijuana was legalized in Michigan. Judges must grant expungements if prosecutors don't object.

  • Multiple felonies or misdemeanors arising from the same 24-hour period are treated as one conviction for the purposes of expungement.
    • None of the offenses can be assaultive, involve the use or possession of a dangerous weapon
    • None of the offenses can carry a maximum penalty of 10 or more years in prison

Convictions that cannot be expunged from a criminal record include:

  • Felonies that carry a maximum punishment of life in prison
  • Attempt to commit a felony for which the maximum punishment is life
  • Felony domestic violence (if the person had a previous domestic violence misdemeanor)
  • Child abuse
  • Most criminal sexual conduct offenses
  • DUI and traffic offenses causing injury or death

Clean Slate is a statewide program and applicants should seek services in their county of residence. To find your nearest Michigan Works! visit: Michigan Works! Network

 Oakland County Michigan Works! Locations