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Typically, juvenile records are not automatically sealed and you have to petition the court to officially seal them. Once they're sealed, then generally all records held by the police department, the court, the district attorney, and the probation department will be deemed not to have occurred and you can legally answer no to questions about a criminal record on a routine background check--though there may be different rules for FBI background checks or for certain licensing applications. However, keep in mind you may not need to seal records relating to a juvenile arrest if the case was dismissed or charges were otherwise dropped. Each case is different, and your juvenile record may not be what you think. For more information about your juvenile record and whether or not you should have it sealed, contact an attorney who can advise you about your particular situation.