Vacate a Record of Conviction

If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor or a gross misdemeanor in Yakima County District Court, you may be eligible to have that conviction vacated. When you vacate a conviction you are not removing that charge from your criminal history, rather you are removing the conviction only. After a conviction has been vacated, the charge may still appear in any background checks performed on you. 

While there are no court costs associated with vacating a conviction, a court appearance is mandatory. These hearings are held Friday mornings, and are scheduled at least two weeks from the day the appropriate paperwork is filed. Yakima County District Court cannot vacate a conviction from another court.

For additional information about Vacating, Sealing or Expunging your record click here
You may come to Data Dissemination, Room 225 of the Yakima County Courthouse and ask for Vacation of Misdemeanor and Gross Misdemeanor Convictions packet (PDF) or download the packet.

Review the packet in its entirety. The criteria you must meet, the list of documents you must provide and the process you must follow is listed in this packet so it is essential you review it completely.

Process Overview

Listed below is a brief overview of the process:
  • Complete a “Motion for Order Vacating Conviction.”
  • Attach to the motion, your current Criminal History Information from both the Washington State Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation along with original fingerprint cards from both agencies.
  • There will be monetary charges for these services by both agencies.
  • If you were placed on probation as a result of the conviction you are seeking to vacate, you must also file a certification from District Court Probation Services 509-574-1860 and attach to your motion.
  • Once you have obtained all the appropriate supporting documents and your motion is completed, you must file with Yakima County District Court Data Dissemination Office at Room 225.
  • You should bring at least two copies of all your documents.
  • You will be given a hearing date and time, you will complete your Notice of Hearing with that information.
  • You must serve a copy of the Motion with supporting documents and the Notice of Hearing upon the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Room 233, at least 14 days before the scheduled hearing. If you were prosecuted in the name of a city or town, you must also serve a copy of the Motion, supporting documents, and Notice of Hearing upon the Prosecutor or City Attorney of that city or town.
  • Appear at scheduled court appearance, Judge will review your Motion and advise you of his decision.