Here's how to get record clearance in Contra Costa County

  1. Applying for Post-Conviction Relief in Contra Costa County

    Go to fill out the Clean Slate application, and email the application to the Clean Slate Unit at In addition to submitting the application, please email us a personal statement that discusses the impact that your arrest or conviction has had on your life. We also might ask you for letters of recommendation and additional documents after we receive your application and personal statement.

    Contacting the Clean Slate Unit is safe and confidential. We are not part of law enforcement and we will not share your information without your permission. We know it can be difficult to talk about your conviction history, but our office will only use this information to assist you with your record clearance application.

  2. After Your Application Is Submitted

    The Clean Slate Unit will contact you in 5-10 business days to discuss your eligibility and next steps, once we receive your application. Our Clean Slate staff members will assist you during the record clearing process and we will keep you updated on the progress of your case. We will also alert you if your case requires a court appearance.

  3. Work with The Public Defender to complete your request

    Felony expungement petitions take approximately 6-8 months to receive a hearing date and misdemeanor expungement petitions take approximately 2-4 months to receive a hearing date.

    The Clean Slate Unit will contact you if we need additional documents. We will also notify you of the outcome of your petition at the conclusion of your case. If your expungement petition is granted, the court clerk’s office will forward the information to the California Department of Justice in order to update your RAP sheet. This process normally takes thirty to sixty days.

    If you continue to experience issues with expunged convictions showing up during your background checks, please contact our office for additional assistance. You can also read more about what happens after clearance.

All set? Apply on the Contra Costa Public Defender Website

The Public Defender will be able to provide personalized help to start your record clearance process. They are a safe, confidential resource and are not part of any law enforcement agency and will not share your information with anyone.

Contra Costa Public Defender Contact Information

The Contra Costa County Public Defender’s Office helps people with arrests or convictions in Contra Costa County.



Phone number

(925) 335-8150

Mailing address

800 Ferry Street, Martinez, CA 94553

If you do not want to contact the Public Defender in Contra Costa County, you can contact one of the following legal aid organizations that serve the Contra Costa area:

Bay Area Legal Aid

Bay Area Legal Aid helps people with arrests or convictions in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties.


Phone number

(510) 663-4744

Mailing address

1735 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612