The following are the applications available for the Absolute Pardon and the Certificate of Employability.
1. Absolute Pardon
: You may apply to the Pardons Board for an Absolute pardon, which is an absolute erasure of your criminal record three (3) years after the date of disposition of your most recent misdemeanor conviction and five (5) years after the date of disposition of your most recent felony conviction. You cannot apply for erasure of one offense and not another. Only your entire criminal history will be considered for a full pardon.
2. Certificate of Employability
: A Certificate of Employability is for employment and licensing purposes only. A Certificate does not erase your criminal history. You may apply to the Board of Pardons and Paroles for a Certificate of Employability if:
· If you are currently under supervision by the Department of Correction’s Parole
and Community Services Division and have successfully completed 90 days of
· If you have successfully completed your sentence, are not currently under supervision,
have no new arrest(s) and have been in the community for a minimum of 90 days.
For those individuals under Probation Supervision, they should apply thru Court Support Services Division (CSSD).
Note: If you are currently incarcerated you do not qualify for a Certificate of Employability.
For inmates or those on probation, or on any form of parole and you are seeking an Absolute pardon (the expunging of your record), or commutation of your sentence, please use the “Application for Commutation by Current Offender
” form. You can get this form at www.ct.gov/bopp
, by sending a request to your Correctional Counselor,or by calling the Pardons Unit at the Board of Pardons and Parole at (203) 805-6643. If you are currently under any form of supervision you are also required to submit a Supervising Officer Questionnaire, completed by your current Parole/Probation Officer. You can get this questionnaire at www.ct.gov/bopp
, or by calling the Pardons Unit at the Board of Pardons and Parole at (203) 805-6643. If you are applying for an Absolute pardon, your application may also be considered by the Board for Certificate of Employability.
- Determine if you are eligible for a pardon. (See above)
- Read the Frequently Asked Questions section of this website
- Follow the instructions in the ‘Documents Needed to Complete the Pardon Application’ below
- Complete the pardons application.
- The Background Investigation Authorization form (see page 10 of the ‘Application for a Connecticut Pardon’) must be signed and notarized by a Notary Public.
- A minimum of three (3) reference questionnaire forms must be completed by the person making a character reference for you. Only one reference may come from a family member who is related to you by blood or marriage. References can attach a signed and dated sheet to the questionnaire form as long as they indicate that they understand that you are applying for a pardon and they list all of the crimes for which you have been convicted. Form must be within one year of application.
- If you are currently on probation you have to apply thru Court Support Services Division (CSSD). If you are on supervision by the Parole and Community Services Division of Department of Correction and only applying for a Certificate of Employability, a Supervising Officer Questionnaire must be completed (by your supervising officer) and attached.
- Attach a photocopy of your current driver’s license or state identification card. Notify the Pardons Board of any address or telephone number changes immediately.
- Attach any other documentation you wish to include for the Pardons Board to consider (Ex: certificates, resumes, evaluations, etc.). Attach proof of either employment or your source(s) of income (E.g. unemployment, disability payments, most recent W-2 form, letter/s from source of financial support, etc.)
DO NOT STAPLE the application or any other documents
Send the original documents to:
Board of Pardons and Paroles
Attn: Pardons Unit
55 West Main Street, Suite 520
Waterbury, CT 06702
Please Note: Applications are processed continuously on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the high volume of applications, applications will not be accepted in person. Make and keep a copy of the application and all documents for your personal records.
Applications and supporting documentation will not be returned to you. If you would like to confirm that your application has been received, use Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested. The Pardons Board is not responsible for applications that are lost.
It is important that complete and accurate documents be provided when the application is submitted to the Pardons Board.
- Fill out the Criminal History Request form found in the Pardon Application.
- Mail or bring the form to the DESPP-Division of State Police, Bureau of Identification, 1111 Country Club Road, Middletown, CT 06457-2389; telephone (860) 685-8480.
- You must submit a complete set of fingerprints with the form, along with a $50 check or money order payable to "Treasurer-State of CT". You can obtain your fingerprints from any local police department (ask the police to use the green DPS 125c form or its local equivalent), or at the DESPP-Division of State Police, Bureau of Identification for an additional $15 fee. DESPP may use an electronic fingerprint system (AFIS), in place of the fingerprint card, if you have the fingerprints taken at their Middletown facility.
- Even if you drop the Criminal History Request (Pardon) form off in person, the criminal history will still be mailed to your address.
- DO NOT MAIL THE FORM OR THE FEE TO THE BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLES.
- DO NOT SEND YOUR ENTIRE PARDON APPLICATION TO THE STATE POLICE!
- IMPORTANT NOTE: The only criminal history report that is valid for a pardons application is the one included with the Pardons Application. Criminal history reports produced by the Division of the State Police for purposes other than pardons are not valid for pardons processing. Criminal history report must be dated within one year of application. If criminal history exceeds the one year, your application will be returned.
- Obtain a copy of the police report(s) for any arrest that resulted in a conviction that has occurred within the last ten (10) years. If the arrest was more than ten (10) years ago, you are not required to obtain a report
- If no police report is available for an arrest that was less than ten (10) years ago, get a letter from the arresting police department stating that no report(s) exists.
- You may find the arresting department’s name and police case number on the criminal history sheet supplied by the State Police. The fee for copies varies by police department.
- If you have ever served a period of probation, you must obtain a letter from the office of Adult Probation that supervised you, indicating the date on which you discharged from any period or periods of probation and the status of your discharge ( i.e. probation was successful or unsuccessful).
If you do not disclose a conviction in your application and it is later discovered by the Pardons Board, after you have been granted a pardon, your pardon may be revoked and you may be prosecuted for perjury.
The State Police may not have every criminal conviction. If you were convicted of crimes that are not listed on the criminal history sheet, you must explain those convictions in your application. You are required to obtain the official criminal record(s) for out of state convictions and you must mention those convictions in your application.
Some motor vehicle convictions will affect your criminal record. This is especially true of Reckless Driving, DUI and DWI type offenses.