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How to Obtain a Certificate of Eligibility to Have Your Criminal Record Sealed or Expunged in Florida

Having a criminal record is never an easy thing to deal with especially in this society. It can affect an individual in many ways some seen and some unforeseen. Many individuals try to research different outlets in order to get their criminal records sealed or expunged. In the state of Florida, it is prudent to know what the necessary steps are in order to possibly be eligible for expunction or the sealing of your record.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), in order to have your criminal history sealed you must first obtain eligibility. It is necessary that you apply to the FDLE for a Certificate of Eligibility.

How do I Apply for Eligibility?

The applications are available throughout Florida in all 67 counties. If you reside outside of the state, you are also able to request that your application package be sent to you via post office. Once received the certificate can then be affixed to a motion which is filed with the court, requesting relief in the form of a court order to seal or expunge.

If you're curious about getting criminal records sealed or expunged in Florida or want to apply for eligibility, contact THE SPATZ LAW FIRM or your attorney for professional advice on how to proceed.


Florida Department of Law Enforcement - Frequently Asked Questions. (n.d.). Retrieved August 09, 2016, from http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/cms/Seal-and-Expunge-Process/Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx#Copy_of_Criminal_History

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