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Accessing Sealed Criminal Case Records
Please read ARS § 13-911 in its entirety. These Info Sheets are intended to help those who are seeking to file a petition or have had a ruling on a petition to seal a criminal case record under ARS § 13-911. Nothing in these Info Sheets supersedes what is provided in statute and does not restrict local rules and practice of a particular court in processing petitions.
When Can Sealed Case Records be Used?

Even if your criminal case records are sealed under ARS § 13-911, under certain conditions, they must be made available if:

  • Alleged as an element of an offense.
  • Used as a historical prior felony conviction.
  • Admissible for impeaching any party or witness in a subsequent trial.
  • Used to enhance the sentence for a subsequent felony.
  • Used to enhance the sentence for driving under the influence offenses. (ARS §§ 28-1381 and 28-1382)
  • Pleaded and proved in any subsequent prosecution of the person by the State of Arizona or an Arizona political subdivision.
  • Used as a conviction if the conviction would be admissible if the conviction was not sealed.
  • The offense prohibits you from possessing a firearm under state or federal laws (28 CFR § 25.9)
Who Can Access Sealed Case Records?

Persons who may obtain sealed case records:

  • The person whose records are sealed.
  • Any attorney who has filed a notice of appearance on behalf of the person whose records are sealed.
  • The victim in the case if the victim has exercised victims’ rights. (ARS § 13-4414)

The following entities may obtain sealed records if the purpose relates to their official duties or internal hiring practices:

  • Law enforcement agency
  • Prosecuting agency (On the request of a person who is charged with a criminal offense or that person’s attorney of record, a prosecuting agency must provide the sealed case records of any person whom the prosecuting agency intends to call as a witness in that person’s prosecution.)
  • Probation department
  • Agency preparing a presentence report
  • Court
  • Department of Child Safety
  • Child welfare agency (ARS § 8-501)
  • Department of Juvenile Corrections
  • State Department of Corrections
  • Arizona correctional facilities
  • Clerk of the Court
  • Department responsible for maintaining court records