Obtaining a Certificate of Eligibility from the FDLE for Sealing Criminal Records

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Get the required forms

Head over to this website to get started: http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/content/getdoc/c83dd888-ef7a-448e-9a96-ba69fc4181f7/Seal-and-Expunge-Home.aspx Download the Expunge/Seal Package.


Complete the application

You will need to complete Section A only. You will need to know the arresting agency, the date of your arrest and the charges against you. This will need to be completed and signed in front of a notary. TIP: Your local bank should have a notary on hand and typically do not charge if you have an account at their bank.


Additional requirements

Now for the hard parts. You need to get a few items. 1. Fingerprints - The applicant must be fingerprinted by authorized law enforcement personnel or a criminal justice agency. A FDLE Fingerprint Form, FD 40-024, is supplied with the application package. Make sure it's completely filled out! 2. Disposition of the Case - This may be obtained from the Clerk of Court in the county in which the charge(s) were brought. They will charge you for this, typically $5-$10. For Pre-trial Intervention cases and other Diversion programs, a certified letter of completion from the State Attorney's office may substitute for a certified disposition. 3. Termination of Probation - If you don't have a "certified copy" in your file, a copy of the letter from your probation officer indicating that you have completed your probation will work. Just make a copy and send it with your paperwork. 4. Money order: $75 made out to the FDLE


Mail it all in

Double check everything and send it in to the FDLE. Don't forget to: 1. Sign and date your application in front of a notary; 2. Provide a certified disposition of your case; 3. Include your name, race/sex, date of birth, social security number and signature on the fingerprint form, and; 4. Provide a $75.00 check or money order made payable to FDLE.


Petition Packet

After several months, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement back if you completed the first 4 steps correctly. Now the difficult part, you must Petition the court to seal your record. See part #2 to see what you must do to Petition the Court to seal your record. Part #2 will cover the following: 1. Affidavit: Must be completed and signed before a notary. 2. Petition to Seal or Expunge: Must be completed and signed. 3. Order to Seal or Order to Expunge depending on your Certificate of Eligibility: Must be completed except for judge's signature block 4. Certificate of Eligibility from the FDLE (Original)

Additional Resources

Application for Certificate of Eligibility

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