Upon conviction of a felony in the State of Florida, a person’s civil rights are suspended indefinitely unless restored by the Clemency Board. The four members of the Clemency Board are the Governor, Attorney General, Chief Financial Officer, and Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
You may search our website at https://fpcweb.fpc.state.fl.us/ to verify if your civil rights have been restored and print out a copy of the certificate. You will need to enter either your Date of Birth or Florida Department of Corrections ID number, and will only be able to find your name and retrieve a certificate if your rights have been granted. If you were granted clemency at a clemency hearing, you will need to contact the Office of Executive Clemency for a copy of your specific Executive Order.
A person’s civil rights cannot be restored until all sentences or supervision periods have been completed; all restitution owed to current or prior victim(s) is paid in full (this includes judgments or liens); there are no pending criminal charges, warrants or detainers; and established waiting periods have been met.
Depending on your offense, you must wait until either five (5) or seven (7) years after completing your sentence or supervision to apply. The list of offenses and specific requirements for applying for the restoration of civil rights can be found in the Rules of Executive Clemency located on the Clemency page of this website. All persons seeking the restoration of civil rights must submit an application to the Office of Executive Clemency.