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Applying for a Pardon in Florida

Not all cases are eligible for expungement; however, there is another option that may be beneficial. Seeking a pardon in the state where your conviction occurred may the best solution to receive criminal record relief.

In order to apply for a pardon, there are certain requirements that may need to be met and certain application procedures. This information can be found in great detail at If you are applying for a pardon in Florida, below you will find the eligibility requirements and process for applying.

To be eligible for a pardon:

  • Ten years must have passed since completion of sentence
  • Must have paid all outstanding fines, penalties, etc. in regards to criminal cases or traffic violations that total more than $1,000.00.
  • You may ask for a waiver on the aforementioned requirements, if and only if two years have passed since you were convicted and you do not currently owe any restitution. You cannot ask for a waiver until you have served at least 1/3 of your sentence; however, the Governor can waive these requirements if there is “compelling need” such as terminal illness, imminent deportation, etc.
  • Must have either a misdemeanor case or felony case on your record.

To apply for a pardon:

  • Apply through the Clemency Board at: or call the Clemency Board at 850-488-2952. You may also send a written request to:
    • Office of Executive Clemency, 2601 Blair Stone Road
      Building C, Room 244
      Tallahassee, FL 32399.
  • Prepare supporting documents, letters of reference, and a personal statement
  • Obtain your criminal history report through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement by calling 850-410-8109
  • Send Application Form to the Office of Executive Clemency