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Florida Disclaimers and Pre-Questionnaire Steps

This page is a general information page shown before our questionnaire that will help you find out if your record is eligible for expungement. We strongly recommend you review the information on this page before proceeding via the link at the bottom of this page.

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This page includes all of the information you need to go ahead with sealing your record. If you want to find out your eligibility before learning about the process, there is a link at the bottom of this page that takes you directly to the questionnaire. At the end of the questionnaire, regardless of results, there will be a link back to this page.

To seal or expunge your case you can download the documents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Seal and Expunge page.

Take your fingerprint card and go to a law enforcement agency to have your fingerprints done. You will also have to go to the clerk of court in the county of your charges to get a certified copy of the disposition in your case. When at the clerk’s office I would recommend getting certified copies of your entire file. Although, you may never need them, in some circumstances the documents are requested and it is much more difficult to unseal a case than to seal it.

If you are expunging your case you must send it to the State Attorney’s Office in the county you were prosecuted to fill out Section B. Call the State Attorney’s Office to see if there is a specific person or department to address the letter to. Send it to the State Attorney with a copy of the Certified Disposition and a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

After receiving the Certificate of Eligibility back from the state you must sent it to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Included with the letter to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will be your completed fingerprint card, a check for $75.00 made payable to the FDLE, a certified copy of your court disposition, and your completed and notarized Application for Certificate of Eligibility.

If sealing your case, send with your completed fingerprint card, a check for $75.00 made payable to the FDLE, a certified copy of your court disposition, and your completed and notarized Application for Certificate of Eligibility to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

If you expunge a record it allows your file to be physically destroyed or obliterated by any criminal justice agency having custody of such record; except that any criminal history record in the custody of the department must be retained in all cases. A criminal history record ordered expunged that is retained by the department is confidential and exempt from the provisions of s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution and not available to any person or entity except upon order of a court of competent jurisdiction. A criminal justice agency may retain a notation indicating compliance with an order to expunge.

(a) The person who is the subject of a criminal history record that is expunged under this section or under other provisions of law, including former s. 893.14, former s. 901.33, and former s. 943.058, may lawfully deny or fail to acknowledge the arrests covered by the expunged record, except when the subject of the record:

  1. Is a candidate for employment with a criminal justice agency;
  2. Is a defendant in a criminal prosecution;
  3. Concurrently or subsequently petitions for relief under this section, s. 943.0583, or s.943.059;
  4. Is a candidate for admission to The Florida Bar;
  5. Is seeking to be employed or licensed by or to contract with the Department of Children and Families, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation within the Department of Education, the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, the Department of Health, the Department of Elderly Affairs, or the Department of Juvenile Justice or to be employed or used by such contractor or licensee in a sensitive position having direct contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly;
  6. Is seeking to be employed or licensed by the Department of Education, any district school board, any university laboratory school, any charter school, any private or parochial school, or any local governmental entity that licenses child care facilities;
  7. Is seeking to be licensed by the Division of Insurance Agent and Agency Services within the Department of Financial Services; or
  8. Is seeking to be appointed as a guardian pursuant to s. 744.3125.

(b) Subject to the exceptions in paragraph (a), a person who has been granted an expunction under this section, former s. 893.14, former s. 901.33, or former s. 943.058 may not be held under any provision of law of this state to commit perjury or to be otherwise liable for giving a false statement by reason of such person’s failure to recite or acknowledge an expunged criminal history record.


If you seal a record it is confidential and exempt from the provisions of s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution and is available only to the person who is the subject of the record, to the subject’s attorney, to criminal justice agencies for their respective criminal justice purposes, which include conducting a criminal history background check for approval of firearms purchases or transfers as authorized by state or federal law, to judges in the state courts system for the purpose of assisting them in their case-related decision making responsibilities, as set forth in s. 943.053(5), or to those entities set forth in subparagraphs (a)1., 4., 5., 6., 8., 9., and 10. for their respective licensing, access authorization, and employment purposes.

(a) The subject of a criminal history record sealed under this section or under other provisions of law, including former s. 893.14, former s. 901.33, and former s. 943.058, may lawfully deny or fail to acknowledge the arrests covered by the sealed record, except when the subject of the record:

  1. Is a candidate for employment with a criminal justice agency;
  2. Is a defendant in a criminal prosecution;
  3. Concurrently or subsequently petitions for relief under this section, s. 943.0583, or s.943.0585;
  4. Is a candidate for admission to The Florida Bar;
  5. Is seeking to be employed or licensed by or to contract with the Department of Children and Families, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation within the Department of Education, the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, the Department of Health, the Department of Elderly Affairs, or the Department of Juvenile Justice or to be employed or used by such contractor or licensee in a sensitive position having direct contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly;
  6. Is seeking to be employed or licensed by the Department of Education, a district school board, a university laboratory school, a charter school, a private or parochial school, or a local governmental entity that licenses child care facilities;
  7. Is attempting to purchase a firearm from a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer and is subject to a criminal history check under state or federal law;
  8. Is seeking to be licensed by the Division of Insurance Agent and Agency Services within the Department of Financial Services;
  9. Is seeking to be appointed as a guardian pursuant to s. 744.3125; or
  10. Is seeking to be licensed by the Bureau of License Issuance of the Division of Licensing within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to carry a concealed weapon or concealed firearm. This subparagraph applies only in the determination of an applicant’s eligibility under s. 790.06.

(b) Subject to the exceptions in paragraph (a), a person who has been granted a sealing under this section, former s. 893.14, former s. 901.33, or former s. 943.058 may not be held under any provision of law of this state to commit perjury or to be otherwise liable for giving a false statement by reason of such person’s failure to recite or acknowledge a sealed criminal history record.

To proceed to the CanIexpunge questionnaire for your state that will help you find out if your record is eligible for expungement, click here.