An offender may apply to have their civil rights restored under Florida law if they have not had an offense for a specified timeframe after completing all sentences and conditions of supervision.
In addition, the following requirements must be met: completion of all sentences imposed and all conditions of supervision expired or completed, including probation, community control, and conditional release; have no outstanding detainers or pending criminal charges; and payment of all restitution pursuant to a court order or civil judgment and obligations pursuant to Ch. 960
, Florida Statutes
. The rules regarding restoration of civil rights, including disqualifying crimes, such as murder, DUI manslaughter, and sexual battery are in the Rules of Executive Clemency
Restoration of civil rights cases are divided into two categories. The first category, restoration of civil rights without
a hearing, is designed to process less serious offenses and requires the offender to not be arrested for a misdemeanor or felony for five years since the date of completion of all sentences and conditions of supervision imposed. The second category, restoration of civil rights with
a hearing, is designed to process more serious offenses and requires the applicant to wait seven years since the date of completion of all sentences and conditions of supervision imposed for all felony convictions.
In 2018, 361 people had their civil rights restored, compared to 518 people in 2017.