C.O.R.I. is; Criminal Offender Record Information, which consists of records and data in any communicable form compiled by a Massachusetts criminal justice agency about an identifiable individual that relate to:

  • Nature or disposition of a criminal charge,
  • An arrest,
  • A pre-trial proceeding,
  • Other judicial proceedings,
  • Sentencing,
  • Incarceration,
  • Rehabilitation,
  • Release

Does not include juvenile history, except for charges on which a juvenile was adjudicated as an adult.

Sealing My Record

The conviction sealing process is governed by MGL c. 276, s. 100A.  Individuals may petition OCP to seal certain eligible criminal convictions as follows:

Misdemeanor: 5 years after the conviction or any period of incarceration, whichever is later.

Felony: 10 years after the conviction or any period of incarceration, whichever is later.

Sex offense: 15 years after the conviction or any period of incarceration, or after the obligation to register as a sex offender ceases, whichever is later. Sex offenders classified as Level 2 or Level 3 will not be eligible to have their convictions sealed.

How to Seal your CORI

Know your CORI legal rights

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