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.
The Secretary of the Commonwealth will request a copy of your Virginia criminal record. If you have a letter from your Probation or Parole officer/office outlining your period of supervision, please mail it in with this form to help expedite the processing of your request. Otherwise, the Secretary of the Commonwealth will request this information on your behalf.
Additional information about the restoration of rights process is available at http://commonwealth.virginia.gov/judicial-system/restoration-of-rights/.