The intent of this page is to serve as a guide to the process of sealing or expunging an eligible criminal record and under no circumstance should it be taken as legal advice. Except as detailed below, the State Attorney’s Office is not able to assist in sealing or expunging a record. You are encouraged to consult an attorney should you require assistance.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) maintains a website detailing the Seal and Expunge Process. It offers valuable resources to aid you and includes instructions for applying for a Certificate of Eligibility. You may find Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Sealing and Expunge website here, or you may contact FDLE by calling (850) 410-7870.
Step 1: Obtaining and Completing the Application
Step 2: Submit Application to the State Attorney’s Office
Step 3: Submit completed application to FDLE
Step 4: Complete and File a “Petition and Affidavit to Expunge or Seal”
Step 5: Filing the Petition
Once the State Attorney’s Office receives our copy of the documents referenced in Step 5, we will file a response to your petition.
If we disagree with your request, then the Court may have a hearing on the matter. The Clerk of the Court will notify you of the date and time if there is going to be a hearing.
If we have no objections to your request, then the Clerk will forward all of the documents to the Court, and generally, the Court will issue an Order Sealing or Expunging the Record within a few weeks and will mail you a copy of this signed Order from the Court.