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An overview of the expungement process in Florida:

The expungement process is essentially four, sometimes five steps:

1.

Obtain the State Attorney’s approval on the petitioner’s application for a certificate of eligibility (CoE);

2.

Submit the approved application for a CoE to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE);

3.

Once the FDLE issues the CoE, submit that along with several other court filings to the clerk for the judge to sign;

4.

Have a hearing on the petition to expunge criminal history records (this step is not required in every instance and varies from county to county);

5.

Have the signed order expunging the criminal history record sent to the relevant agencies and government departments who have a record of the criminal record (does not apply to civil records of the incident, such as those retained by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.)

 

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