Applying for Restoration of Civil Rights (RCR), Pardon, Firearm Authority, and Other Forms of Clemency
When an application for any form of clemency is received in the Office of Executive Clemency, it is screened for eligibility regarding the required time frames for the various offenses and the accompanying required certified court documents are reviewed.
If applicant is found eligible, the application is forwarded to the investigative phase of the process in the Office of Clemency Investigations. Cases are then assigned to examiners in the field offices on a first-in, first-out basis.
If the Office of Executive Clemency determines that an application does not meet the requirements, the applicant is advised of the disqualifying issues and guidance provided as to the next step. After the investigation and the report is prepared, the eligible application is forwarded to the Clemency Board for a decision.
If granted, the applicant is mailed a certificate of Restoration of Civil Rights.
Under the Florida Constitution, a convicted felon cannot vote, serve on a jury, or hold public office until civil rights have been restored.
I Want To:
- Search for Rights Already Restored and Print Certificate
- Download an application and instructions for Restoration of Civil Rights, a Pardon, Pardon Without Firearm Authority, Firearm Authority, or Remission of Fine/Forfeiture (updated: 6/30/14)
- Download Request for Review application and instructions for Commutation of Sentence (updated: 6/30/14)
- If your rights have been granted, you may click here to apply to register to vote at Department of State.
For more information on the eligibility criteria for each form of clemency (Rule 5.) read the “Rules of Executive Clemency.”
Contact the Office of Executive Clemency
Toll Free: 1-800-435-8286
Phone: (850) 488-2952
Fax: (850) 488-0695
The Office of Executive Clemency
Florida Commission on Offender Review
4070 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2450
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