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Civil Rights Restoration

If you have been convicted of a felony, your rights must be restored before you may register to vote.

The Rules for Executive Clemency were amended 3/9/11, and restoration of civil rights can no longer be granted automatically.  

Felons who have completed their sentences may seek to have their civil rights restored by submitting an application to the state’s Board of Executive Clemency. Depending on the seriousness of the crime, applicants will be eligible to apply either five OR seven years after completion of their sentences, provided they have been crime-free and arrest-free.  

The Florida Parole Commission's Web site offers a Civil Rights Restoration Search for its database, so you can determine whether or not your rights have been restored. Be sure to search under all variations of your name, including nicknames.

The Application for Clemency form has changed since March 2011. Please use the current form to avoid additional paperwork.  

For information or assistance on the restoration of rights, use the contact information below to reach the Florida Parole Commission's Office of Executive Clemency:

The Office of Executive Clemency
4070 Esplanade Way 
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2450
Phone: (850) 488-2952 
Toll-free (800) 435-8286
Fax: (850) 488-0695 
Email: ClemencyWeb@fcor.state.fl.u

This information is confidential and will only be discussed with the individual directly affected.

After confirming that your rights have been restored, you must register or re-register to vote by completing a Voter Registration Application.