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11. If I expunged or sealed my arrest record years ago but lost my copy and need one, what can I do?

 

According to the Florida Record Expungement Statute – F.S. 943.0585, once a criminal history record has been ordered expunged, it is no longer available to be distributed to anyone (including the Petitioner), under any circumstances unless a court order is issued.

    • This means that the FDLE and all other state and local law enforcement agencies are statutorily prohibited from releasing copies of the court-ordered expunged records to anyone at all, absent court ordered authority to do so.

Therefore, you would have to (on your own or through an attorney) petition the court to issue such an order which can then be provided to the FDLE for a new copy.

For these reasons, the FDLE strongly recommends that once a copy of the expunction is received, that the petitioner keep a record (i.e., copies) of all of the relevant documents which are required before securing an expunction or sealing of a criminal history record.

    • These records include:
      • The arrest report
      • The certified disposition letter
      • The order to expunge or seal
      • The certificate of eligibility issued by FDLE.