Restoration of Voting Rights in Virginia

for Citizens with Prior Felonies

 
 

In Virginia

General Information

If you have been convicted of a felony,

you have lost your right to vote in Virginia. 

Restoration of civil rights allows you to:

~~Register to vote

~~Hold public office

~~Serve on a jury

~~Serve as a notary public

Restoration does not:

~~Restore the right to possess a firearm

~~Expunge (erase) a criminal conviction

Restoration is not a pardon.

The Secretary of the Commonwealth gives priority consideration to persons who request that their rights be restored, but also identifies persons who may be eligible.

Applications must be complete in order to be considered.

Applicants will undergo a criminal history check.

 

If you have completed your sentence for a felony conviction and have been released from any term of incarceration, and / or supervision, probation, or parole, your rights may be restored by submitting an application to the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

 

The sitting Governor has sole discretion to decide whether or not to restore your rights.

 

Read more:

Details about Restoration of Voting Rights in Virginia.

Read our brochure:

Getting Back Your Right to Vote Right to Vote:

A Guide for Citizens with Prior Felonies

 

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Questions & Answers

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE LOST MY RIGHT TO VOTE?

Check the website:

Commonwealth of Virginia Restoration of Rights

Read the requirements on that page. You can Check the Status of Your Civil Rights

 

HOW CAN I GET MY VOTING RIGHTS  RESTORED?

            On the Restoration of Rights web page,

You can apply online: Request Your Rights be Restored

OR

You can download and print the form. Click on:

            Printable Contact Form

How to Apply

WHAT CONDITIONS MUST BE MET BEFORE I CAN APPLY?

You must have completed serving your sentence for a felony conviction and be released from any term of incarceration and/or supervision, probation, or parole resulting from felony conviction(s).

WHEN CAN I APPLY?

Any time after you have met the  conditions.

 

WHERE CAN I GET AN APPLICATION?

From the Office of Secretary of the Commonwealth.

Explanations and forms are available online here:

www.restore.virginia.gov/  

WHERE ELSE CAN I GET HELP OR ADVICE?

      Forms are available from:

            Registrar of Voters in your county

            Probation-Parole Office

            OR see the resources in the next column.

Voter Registrars’ Offices

 Fairfax City:     703-385-7890                 

  10455 Armstrong Street

  Sisson House

  Fairfax, VA 22030

 

Fairfax County:     703-222-0776

 12000 Government Center Pkwy, Suite 323

Fairfax, VA 22035-0081

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Resources

STATE RESOURCES

Secretary of the Commonwealth

Restoration of Rights Judicial System

https://www.restore.virginia.gov/  

City and County Resources

Voter Registrars’ Offices

 Fairfax City:     www.fairfaxva.gov/government/voter-registration

Fairfax County:  www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections/  

Organizations

Virginia Voter Restoration Project

ACLU of Virginia

https://acluva.org/en/get-help/voter-restoration

 

Advancement Project

www.advancementproject.org

 

Citizens United for Rehabilitation of

Errants-Virginia, Inc. (Virginia C.U.R.E.)

www.vacure.org

Local Resources in Fairfax County and Fairfax City

Probation & Parole Office District 29

Serves County and City of Fairfax and Towns of Clifton, Herndon and Vienna

10398 Democracy Lane, Suite 101

Fairfax, VA 22030  -- 703-934-0880

   and

8850-A Richmond Highway

Alexandria, VA 22309  703-704-6646

www.fairfaxcounty.gov/courts/office-adult-probation-and-parole.htm

 

Opportunities, Alternatives & Resources   (OAR)

Serves the Fairfax County Area

10700 Page Avenue, Suite 100

Fairfax, VA 22030

703-246-3033

https://www.oarnova.org/

 

Citizens United for Rehabilitation of

Errants-Virginia, Inc. (Virginia C.U.R.E.)

703-272-3624

http://www.vacure.org/