Overview Description

A criminal history record will be automatically sealed if a verdict of not guilty or a judgment of acquittal was rendered by a judge or jury. There is no limitation on the amount of times a person may obtain automatic sealing under this section. Fla. Stat. § 943.0595(2)(a)(3),(4).

Ineligible Category or Citation

Any offense listed in Fla. Stat. § 943.0435(1)(h)1.a.(I) or any forcible felony as defined under Fla. Stat. § 776.08..

Procedure General

Upon the disposition of a criminal case resulting in a criminal history record eligible for automatic sealing, the clerk of the court shall transmit a certified copy of the disposition of the criminal history record to the department, which shall seal the criminal history record upon receipt of the certified copy.


There is no statutory language regarding fees.


The subject of a record sealed under this section may lawfully deny or fail to acknowledge the arrests covered by the sealed record, except in the circumstances specified in Fla. Stat. § 943.059(6)(b). For further information about the effect of sealing, see Fla. Stat. § 943.059(6).

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