Cancel Criminal Record in Spain

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03 Nov 2023

Service Details

Cancel Criminal Record

This service is available across Spain

Who Is This Service For?

This service is designed for individuals in Spain who have a criminal record and are seeking to have it cancelled, also known as "expungement". 

This is particularly beneficial for those who have completed their sentences or penalties and are looking to start anew. 

Clients often face challenges such as social stigma, difficulty in securing employment, or limitations in travelling abroad due to their criminal record. 

They might also encounter problems in obtaining visas or work permits in other countries. 

Our service addresses these issues by guiding clients through the legal process of cancelling their criminal records in Spain, thereby removing these barriers and aiding them in reintegrating into society and the workforce more effectively.


To be eligible for criminal record cancellation in Spain, the client must meet certain criteria. 

Firstly, a specific period must have elapsed since the completion of their sentence, which varies depending on the severity of the offence. 

For minor offences, this period is generally shorter. The client must not have committed any new crimes during this period. The offence and the sentence must have been under Spanish jurisdiction. 

Clients should have documentation related to their conviction and subsequent conduct. If these conditions are met, the client can proceed with the criminal record cancellation process.


The procedure for cancelling a criminal record in Spain involves several steps. 

  • Firstly, an assessment of the client’s eligibility based on the criteria mentioned is conducted. 
  • Then, an application for criminal record cancellation is prepared, which includes gathering all necessary documents such as proof of sentence completion and evidence of good conduct. 
  • This application is then submitted to the Spanish Ministry of Justice. 
  • If required, we also assist in addressing any queries or additional requirements from the authorities. 
  • The process concludes with the Ministry's decision; if favourable, the criminal record is officially cancelled. 

It's important to note that this process can vary in duration, depending on the complexity of the case and the efficiency of the justice system.


Cancelling a criminal record in Spain brings several significant benefits:

  1. It greatly enhances the individual’s prospects for employment, as many employers conduct criminal background checks. 
  2. It also removes legal impediments in professional licensing and educational opportunities.
  3. For those wishing to travel or emigrate, a clean record eases the process of obtaining visas and permits. 
  4. Additionally, the cancellation of a criminal record helps in eliminating social stigma, contributing to better psychological wellbeing and social integration. 
  5. Ultimately, it represents a fresh start and a second chance for those who have fulfilled their legal obligations and are striving to rebuild their lives.

What Does This Service Consist Of?

Our service for cancelling criminal records in Spain involves a comprehensive approach:

  1. Initial Assessment: Determining the client's eligibility for criminal record cancellation.
  2. Document Collection: Gathering all necessary documents, including legal papers and evidence of good conduct.
  3. Application Preparation: Preparing and completing the application for criminal record cancellation.
  4. Submission to Ministry of Justice: Submitting the application to the relevant Spanish authorities.
  5. Communication and Follow-Up: Handling all correspondence with the Ministry and addressing any additional information or documentation they might require.
  6. Notification and Guidance: Informing the client of the outcome and providing guidance on future steps following the decision.
  7. Support and Advice: Offering ongoing support and legal advice throughout the process and after completion.

This service aims to navigate the legal intricacies and streamline the process of cancelling a criminal record in Spain, ensuring a smoother path to rehabilitation and societal reintegration for our clients.

Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

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