Persons who have been convicted of any violent offense, any crime involving children, or any election law offense must fill out an application. Please visit http://commonwealth.virginia.gov/judicial-system/restoration-of-rights/ to get the appropriate form.
The civil rights restored through this process include the rights to:
- Register to vote
- Hold public office
- Serve on a jury
- Serve as a notary public
The restoration of rights does not restore the right to possess a firearm. You must petition the appropriate circuit court pursuant to Va. Code §18.2-308.2. This is not a pardon nor does it expunge a criminal conviction, which can only be done by petitioning a circuit court pursuant to Va. Code §§19.2-392.1 and 19.2-392.2.
Non-violent felons residing outside the Commonwealth of Virginia must include a certified copy of their Criminal Record from the state they reside.
The Secretary of the Commonwealth will request a copy of your sentencing order(s), proof of payment of court ordered costs, fines and /or restitution associated with your felony conviction(s), and a copy of your criminal record. If you were convicted in a Virginia Circuit or Federal Court and have a copy of your sentencing order(s) and proof of payment of court ordered costs, fines and /or restitution associated with your felony conviction(s), please mail them in with this form. It will expedite the processing of your request.
Additional information on the automatic non-violent felon restoration is available at http://commonwealth.virginia.gov/judicial-system/restoration-of-rights/.