Persons who have been convicted of any violent offense, any drug manufacturing or distribution offense, any crime involving children, or any election law offense must fill out an application. Please visit http://commonwealth.virginia.gov/applications/clemency/restoration 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/applications/clemency/restoration.