Florida's Procedure to Expunge a Criminal Record
In order to expunge a criminal record in Florida, your must go through Florida's Criminal Record Expunging Process:
- Apply to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for a Certificate of Eligibility. To determine if you are eligible for this certificate, you may want to obtain a Florida Criminal Background Check through the Florida Department of Law enforcement.
- If the Florida Department of Law Enforcement issues the Certificate of Eligibility, you will need to file a petition, affidavit, order, Certificate of Eligibility, and any other required documents with the court to expunge your Florida criminal record.
- Once the Florida judge signs the order expunging the Florida criminal history, the Florida Order to Expunge the Criminal Record must be sent to the agencies that have the Florida criminal record.
- Note: In some Florida expunging cases, there will be a hearing on the petition to expunge your Florida criminal history, but this is not the normal procedure for expunging a Florida criminal record.