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Florida's Procedure to Seal a Criminal Record

In order to seal a criminal record in Florida, your must go through Florida's Criminal Record Sealing Process:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 obtain the Florida record seal.
  3. Once the Florida judge signs the order sealing the Florida criminal history,  the Florida Order to Seal the Criminal Record must be sent to the agencies that have the Florida criminal record.
  4. Note: In some Florida record sealing cases, there will be a hearing on the petition to seal the Florida criminal history, but this is not the normal procedure for sealing a Florida criminal record.

For more information on Florida procedures for sealing a criminal background, contact a Jacksonville Record Sealing Attorney.

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