Instruction for Lawful Self-Defense Expungement

The following requirements must be met, pursuant to Section 943.0585(5), Florida Statutes, in order to obtain a lawful self-defense expungement of a criminal history record.
  • Application – You may obtain an application for Lawful Self-Defense Expungement by downloading from this website (link is at the bottom of this page), or by emailing the FDLE Expunge Section at, and requesting an application be mailed to you. Some Clerks of Court may also have application forms available.

  • Section A - Section A of the application must be completed and signed in the presence of a Notary Public or a Deputy Clerk of the Court.

  • Fingerprints - The applicant must be fingerprinted by an authorized (trained, proficient) member of a law enforcement or criminal justice agency. The fingerprint form must include the applicant’s name, race, sex, date of birth, social security number (SSN)*, and signature, prior to submission to FDLE. An FDLE Fingerprint Form, FD 40-024, is supplied with the application packet. A fingerprint card can be used in place of the fingerprint form if the law enforcement or criminal justice agency is unable to fingerprint you on the fingerprint form provided.

  • Section B – The prosecuting  attorney (from the Office of the State Attorney or Statewide Attorney having jurisdiction) must complete Section B, certifying that the charge or charges to be expunged were dismissed “because it was found that the person acted in lawful self-defense pursuant to the provisions related to justifiable use of force in Chapter 776, Florida Statutes.”

  • Processing Fee – A NONREFUNDABLE money order or cashier’s check for $75.00 made payable to FDLE must accompany the application. FDLE does not accept cash, gift cards or personal checks.
Effective July 1, 2016, for individuals who were in out-of-home care at the time of the criminal offense they are seeking to seal or expunge the fee will be waived if they provide a copy of their Shelter Order with their application.
Please note, that eligibility for a lawful self-defense expungement under Section 943.0585(5), requires that no information, indictment or other charging document was filed, or if it was filed, was dismissed by the prosecuting attorney or by the court, based on a finding that the applicant acted in lawful self-defense pursuant to the provisions related to justifiable use of force in Chapter 776, Florida Statutes. Please do not use this application for any other charges not so disposed, or for any other form of expungement.
Special Note: All of the items listed above are required at the time that the application is submitted. If an item is missing or the application or fingerprint form is not completed, the application will be returned unprocessed.
*FDLE asks that you provide your social security number (SSN). The decision to provide your SSN is at your option, but failure to provide your SSN may result in a delay in processing your application or request. If you provide your SSN, FDLE will use it for purposes of identification, and may disclose the information to other agencies for the same purpose pursuant to Section 119.071(5)(a)2.b., Florida Statutes. FDLE's request for your SSN is authorized by state law, Section 119.071(5)(a)2.a.II, Florida Statutes, because it is imperative for the performance of FDLE's duties and responsibilities.
Application for Lawful Self-Defense Expungement