Kanye West I'm Gonna Wipe My Record Clean

3/21/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

031816-kanye-west-tmzKanye West is asking a judge to erase his paparazzi beatdown conviction from his record ... TMZ has learned.

Kanye copped a plea in 2014 for attacking a photog the year before at LAX. He pled no contest to misdemeanor battery and was placed on 24 months probation. He was also ordered to perform 250 hours of community service.

Over the last 2 years, Kanye more than held up his end of the bargain. He put in way more than the required number of community service hours at L.A. Trade Tech's fashion school. He also kept his nose clean for the 24 months.

According to the deal, Kanye is now eligible to have his record expunged, and we've learned he's already filed legal papers asking a judge to do just that.

TMZ has chronicled the radical changes in Kanye's behavior over the last few years. Now when he's at LAX, he's not only nice ... sometimes he acts as a peacemaker.

A judge has yet to rule, but it's almost guaranteed his criminal record will be erased.