Expungement (less frequently called expunction) refers to the sealing or erasing of the legal record of an arrest or conviction by means of official court process. The erasure is not complete, certain government agencies and criminal courts still have access to it, but it is removed from the view of the general pubic. After the expungement process, the record of conviction or arrest will not be available to potential employers, background checks, educational institutions, or any other public records inspection. Usually, following expungement, the arrest or conviction does not need to be acknowledged or disclosed, for example, during the job interview process or while filing out an application for an apartment. While generally similar, the laws governing expungement vary from state to state. Differences may include requirements for eligibility and the extent of the effects.