New Hope Act & Record VacatingInformation to help vacate criminal records
Forms for Download
- Felony – New Hope Act Instructions
- Felony – Motion and Declaration for Order Vacating Record of Felony Conviction
- Felony – Order on Motion Re Vacating Felony Conviction
- Misdemeanor – New Hope Act Instructions
- Misdemeanor – Motion and Declaration for Order Vacating Record of Misdemeanor Conviction
- Misdemeanor – Order on Motion Re Vacating Misdemeanor Conviction
- Notice of Hearing
Washington Free/Low Cost Legal Resources for Vacating Records
CLEAR Line – Northwest Justice Project
CLEAR Hotline: 1-888-201-1014
Hours: M-F 9:15 am – 12:15 pm
Legal hotline for people who are low income. Serves all counties in Washington. Persons seeking legal help outside King County are asked to call the CLEAR hotline, or in King County dial 211, for case screening and appropriate referral to NJP local offices or other civil legal aid.
* Due to the volume of calls CLEAR receives, CLEAR sometimes experiences long wait times. We encourage people to keep trying to call during the hotline hours. If you call CLEAR repeatedly and are unable to get through, or if you have a disability and need an accommodation, please contact your local field office.*
1010 Esther Street Vancouver, WA 98660
Can provide representation for a fee of $200/hour (cases typically take less than two hours). Serves Clark, Cowlitz, Wahkiakum, Pacific, and Skamania counties. Contact through website contact form is best.
Vitaliy Kertchen, Attorney at Law
Kertchen Law, PLLC
917 S 10th St. Tacoma, WA 98405
Provides representation for vacates/restorations at a flat fee that starts at $1,000 statewide. Can accommodate two or three-part monthly payment plans. For those seeking to hire, please fill out the form on the website and that will start the process for a free consultation.
Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program
1104 Main Street, Plaza One Vancouver, WA 98660
Provides one-on-one advising appointments for records vacating with paperwork support from an attorney (guided pro se). Possible representation on a case by case basis.
King County Bar Association
Intake line: 206-267-7028
Hours: M-F 9am-4pm
1200 5th Ave #700, Seattle, WA 98101
Provides free legal services to vacate eligible criminal convictions for individuals at or below 200% of the federal poverty line. Call the intake line to see if you are eligible.
Lavender Rights Project
Hours: M – F 10:00am – 5:00pm, Saturday and Sunday by appointment
2425 6th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98134
Can provide full legal representation for LGBTQ individuals seeking to vacate their records.
621 Tacoma Avenue South, Suite 303, Tacoma, Washington, 98402
Walk-In Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9-4 (closed for lunch from noon-1:15 daily). Can help with civil legal issues in Pierce County when you cannot afford to hire an attorney. You do not have to be a Pierce County resident to get help with your case.
Center for Justice
Phone: 509-835-5211 (ask for a “Conviction Clearing Intake”)
35 West Main, Suite 300 Spokane, WA 99201
Provides affordable legal assistance with vacating adult convictions in the Spokane County court system. Cost is $200 for Vacate and Expungement Assistance and $200 for Sealing Assistance (detailed information on vouchers, scholarships and sliding scale fee arrangements on website).
Civil Survival organizes people who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system to build connections, gain knowledge and increase political participation. We advocate for ourselves to change policies that marginalize us, in order to break cycles of incarceration and deepen community liberation.