Should I obtain a copy of my criminal history record prior to applying for a Certificate of Eligibility?
Both Florida state law and US federal law provide a person with the right to request a copy of their criminal history record for the purposes of review, allowing them to ensure the record is both accurate and complete. This process is known as a Personal Review in Florida. The person requesting their record can examine their criminal history to review its accuracy and in order to challenge any information that is incorrect. This includes any criminal record that is inaccurate or incomplete. There is no charge from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) or any other government agency. Florida Statutes, section 943.056 outlines that fact. A person can also use a Personal Review to determine if there is any arrest information that is eligible to be sealed or expunged. While obtaining a Personal Review before applying for a Certificate of Eligibility is not required, it is encouraged. You can obtain a letter to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) completely for free through our qualification form.