The following checklists should help you make sure your application for expunction or sealing is complete.
Items Necessary for an Application to be Accepted for Processing
- Completed, signed and notarized, Application for Certification of Eligibility
- A check or money order made payable to FDLE in the amount of $75
- A certified copy of the disposition of the case to be sealed or expunged
- A legible set of fingerprints recorded by a law enforcement agency on an applicant card
- If the applicant is seeking to have the record expunged, Section B of the application must be completed and signed by the appropriate State Attorney or statewide prosecutor
If any of these items are not present, the application will be returned to the individual with a letter stating what items need to be included. Once all items are obtained and the application is resubmitted it will be accepted for processing. At the current time, due to backlog, our processing time is an average of 40 days from the date of receipt until an applicant receives either a certificate or a denial letter.
Things to double-check
- Signed and date your application in front of a notary
- Provide a certified disposition of your case
- Fill out your fingerprint card completely
- Provide a $75 check or money order made payable to FDLE
- Have Section B completed by the State Attorney's Office if you are seeking an expunction
FDLE asks that you provide your social security number (SSN). The decision to provide your SSN is at your option, and if you provide your SSN, FDLE will use it for purposes of identification, and may share the information with other agencies for the same purpose. FDLE’s request for your SSN is authorized by state law because use of it is imperative for FDLE to fulfill its lawful duties and responsibilities. Your failure to provide your SSN may result in a delay in processing your application or request.