Process for Sealing Adult Criminal Records in Florida

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The process for record sealing in Florida is almost identical to the expunction process. You must first apply for a Certificate of Eligibility from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) prior to filing a petition with the court to seal a criminal history record. You do not fill out Section B of the Application; leave it blank. Attach to the Application, a certified copy of the disposition of each charge you are seeking to have sealed. Certified copies of disposition must be purchased from the clerk’s office where your case was filed.

After you have received a certificate of Eligibility, more paperwork. You will need to file several forms with the Clerk of the Court, such as affidavit, petition to seal, order to seal, and the original Certificate of Eligibility.

Processing fees as well as an outstanding fines, court costs must be paid in advance.

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