The entire process can be lengthy since all information you provide to us must be investigated. On average, processing an application takes approximately six to nine months and may take longer based on the Board’s workload.
A pardon is an order granted to those individuals who have maintained a good reputation in their community, following the completion of their sentence(s) for a criminal offense. A pardon is an official statement attached to the criminal record that states that the State of Georgia has pardoned the crime. It does not expunge, remove or erase the crime from your record. It does not relieve a convicted sex offender of the requirement to register on the Sex Offender Registry. To apply, the applicant must wait until at least five years have elapsed since the applicant was released from supervision (including probation and/or parole). A pardon may serve as a means for a petitioner to advance in employment or education.
You must have completed all sentence(s) imposed upon you at least five (5) years prior to applying and have lived a law-abiding life since the completion of your sentence(s). You can have no pending charges against you. Your fines must be paid in full.
No, a pardon does not remove, expunge, or clear the conviction from your criminal record. The pardon will become part of your criminal history record and a copy will be attached to your record available through the Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC).
A restoration of rights is an order restoring a person’s civil and political rights which are lost in Georgia upon conviction of a crime. These include the right to run for and hold public office, to serve on a jury, and to serve as a Notary Public. Restoration of rights does not include the right to possess, own or to carry a concealed firearm. The right to vote is automatically restored upon completion of your sentence(s); therefore you need not submit an application in order to restore your right to vote.
You must have completed all sentence(s) and be free of any confinement at least two (2) years prior to applying and lived a law-abiding life since the termination of your sentence(s). You must currently live in Georgia.
Is a Restoration of Civil and Political Rights a separate process from a Restoration of Firearms Rights? Yes, these are different processes. If you would like to have your firearms rights restored, you must check the line on the application for “Restoration of Right to Receive, Possess or Transport in Commerce a Firearm.” A personal interview will be required for firearms restorations.
No, you do not have to apply to restore your right to vote. Your right to vote is automatically restored upon termination of your sentence(s). However, you must re-register with your local county registrar’s office in your county of residence. To find your local registrar’s office, visit this site: http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/how_to_register.htm