How To Find A Prison Inmate In The Missouri Department of Corrections 

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If you want to find a prison inmate or someone who is on probation or parole in Missouri, you can search for them on the Offender Web Search website.

How To Find A Prison Inmate Or Someone On Probation Or Parole

The Offender Web Search website can help you find a prison inmate in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

The Offender Web Search can also provide you with information about people who are on probation or parole and are being supervised by the Missouri Department of Corrections.

You can search using first name, last name, and alias names.

You will not be able to find information about a prison inmate who has been discharged from prison or who is no longer on probation or parole.

What Shows Up On Your Criminal Background Check?

After getting out of jail or completing probation, many people have trouble getting a job because of old arrests and convictions that show up on their criminal background report.

For more information, read my previous post about what shows up on your criminal background check.

How To Get Old Convictions Expunged From Your Criminal Record

Missouri’s new expungement law, RSMO 610.140, which took effect on January 1, 2018, makes it possible for more people to expunge (remove) old convictions from their criminal record.

Under the new expungement law, you can hire an attorney to file a petition in court to expunge all records relating to your prior arrests or convictions. You must have a clean record for 3 years (for misdemeanors) or 7 years (for felonies) after completion of probation or other sentencing before filing the petition for expungement.

There will be a hearing before a judge, who will decide whether to approve your request for expungement.

If your petition for expungement is successful, all records will be sealed (not destroyed), meaning the records will be closed to the public.

Unfortunately, law enforcement (police, prosecutors, and judges) will still be able to see the information about your prior criminal offenses even after expungement. Also, any employers that are considered “entitled entities” will be able to see what you had expunged from your criminal record. You can read RSMO 610.120 to find out who is entitled to see your closed criminal records after expungement.

What Can You Get Expunged From Your Criminal Record Under Missouri’s New Expungement Law?

Many misdemeanors and felonies are now eligible for expungement under Missouri’s new expungement law RSMO 610.140. You can read the law to determine if your conviction is eligible for expungement, but here are some examples:

  • Convictions for marijuana possession and other controlled substances ARE ELIGIBLE for expungement.
  • Convictions for stealing, dangerous felonies, sexual offenses, domestic violence, forgery, identity theft, and hate crimes are NOT ELIGIBLE for expungement


St. Louis criminal defense attorney Andrea Storey Rogers is the owner of The Rogers Law Firm. She can be contacted at (314) 724-5059 or [email protected]

Expungement of Bad Check Conviction

A conviction for passing a bad check can be expunged (removed) from your criminal record, thanks to a new Missouri law that allows the expungement of old convictions for certain types of misdemeanors and felonies. The new expungement law is section 610.140 of Missouri House Bill No. 1647. 

Which Felonies and Misdemeanors Can be Expunged?


    • Negligently Setting a Fire, Burning, or Exploding
    • Tampering in the 2nd Degree
    • Property Damage – Knowingly Damaging Property of Another
    • Trespassing
    • Entry on Posted Property
    • Gambling
    • Disturbing the Peace
    • Drunkenness or Drinking in Schools, Churches, or Courthouses

Misdemeanor or Felony:

    • Passing a Bad Check
    • Fraudulently Stopping Payment On an Instrument
    • Fraudulent Use of a Credit or Debit Device

You Can Request an Expungement Without Hiring a Lawyer

To request an expungement of a conviction for passing a bad check (either felony or misdemeanor), you must file a petition in court. You can request the expungement of the record of the arrest, plea, trial, or conviction.

You don’t have to hire an attorney to file a petition for expungement of criminal records in Missouri, but there will be a hearing in front of a judge. If the judge dismisses your petition for expungement, you will have to wait another year before re-filing, and the court will charge a $100 fee each time you file a new petition.

Click here for the form you must file to expunge an arrest record or conviction.

Requirements for Expungement

The purpose of the court hearing is to determine if you have met the following requirements for expungement:

    • 10 years (for a misdemeanor) or 20 years (for a felony) have passed since the person completed his imprisonment, probation, or parole
    • You have not been found guilty of any misdemeanor or felony during that time
    • You have paid all restitution ordered by the court
    • Your circumstances and behavior warrant expungement
    • Expungement is consistent with the public welfare

First-Time DWI and MIP Convictions Can Be Expunged  

Other than the misdemeanors and felonies listed above, no other criminal records can be expunged in Missouri except a first-time misdemeanor DWI after 10 years have passed since the conviction date, or a first-time MIP (Minor in Possession) after 1 year has passed since the conviction date, or after the defendant turns 21, whichever occurs first. See my previous blog posts about how to get a Missouri DWI or MIP conviction expunged.

Convictions for possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia can not be expunged.