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Can You Erase Your Mugshots By Yourself? Yes, And We Tell You How!


Can You Erase Your Mugshots By Yourself? Yes, And We Tell You How!


An arrest is a challenging time for anyone, and a mugshot, unfortunately, records that moment whether you like it or not. While you focus on getting charges dismissed or otherwise removed from your record, that mugshot can easily stay with you forever. It may even negatively affect various areas of your life.

Mugshots are publicly accessible within days of an arrest and all too often find their way online, usually on various mugshot websites. While many states now enact laws concerning such websites, ultimately, it’s up to you to initiate the removal of your mugshot online.


Steps to Erase Your Online Mugshot Yourself

When ready to tackle mugshot removal online, here are the steps you can take.

Identify the websites where your mugshot is posted

Locate all the websites posting mugshots. You may find a list online or need to do a wide search. Go to each one to determine if your mugshot is posted there.

Make a List of Websites with Contact Information

Make a list of all the websites you will need to address. Include all contact information, such as email address and phone number. Note if the website has a contact form for information.

Determine Requirements of Each Website

Since every website is different, you need to determine each one’s requirements for removing a mugshot. This can be time-consuming but also essential. With patience and commitment, you can learn the steps to erase mugshots by yourself on each site. These requirements may be listed directly online, or you may have to contact them directly to find out more. Add these requirements to your list.

Compile Required Documentation and Submit Removal Requests

Now that you’ve determined the requirements for removal on each website, it’s time to compile the necessary documentation. This may include:

  • proof of dismissal
  • proof of expungement or sealing of your case files
  • a fee for removal

If your case is dismissed and you have paperwork showing this, you will need to submit it to any websites with that requirement. If you already expunged or sealed your charges, you’ll need to provide documentation proving it to other websites.

You will also find many websites require a fee for the removal of mugshots. Be aware, however, that several states recognize laws restricting the display of mugshots and the charging of a fee for their removal.

Hiring a mugshot removal lawyer for anyone lacking documentation or seeking to expunge or seal their records will be beneficial. A lawyer can also help decipher the different mugshot removal laws practiced in the different states.

Another option is to find a mugshot removal service you trust and work through them to erase your mugshot online. While you pay a fee for this service, it will save you time and the frustration often associated with dealing with the various websites.

With almost everything available online these days, you may be wondering why to bother taking such measures. Why remove information online, especially if it costs money? The answer will depend largely on your situation, but a few reasons to remove your mugshot include:

  • employment/background checks
  • to avoid sharing personal information
  • protecting your reputation

Taking the steps necessary to remove your online mugshots, whether on your own, with a trusted mugshot removal service, or a lawyer, you’ll protect your reputation and prevent access to a time in your life you wish to move past.

Calvin M. Barker

Typical tv scholar. Problem solver. Writer. Extreme bacon fan. Twitter maven. Music evangelist. Spent a year consulting about salsa in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Spoke at an international conference about lecturing about junk food in New York, NY. Earned praise for promoting robotic shrimp in Phoenix, AZ. Spent 2002-2007 working on catfish in Naples, FL. Spent several months developing yogurt in Orlando, FL. Spent high school summers managing dandruff in Africa.