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Restoration of Rights

Upon completion of a term of supervision, certain rights are automatically restored and others may be applied for at a later date.

Restoration of Rights/Removal of Disabilities
The right to vote is restored upon the completion of sentence, however the person must re-register in order to vote. To regain the rights to hold public office and to sit on a jury, either a pardon or restoration of civil rights is necessary. The power to remove disabilities is vested in the State Board of Pardons and Paroles. For a felon convicted under Federal Law, Georgia Law or the law of another state, the State Board of Pardons and Paroles will issue a "Restoration of Rights and Removal of Disabilities" if he has completed his sentence and lived a law abiding life for five years. This relief not only restores basic civil rights, but also the right to be licensed by the state. Application for restoration of rights may be made through any local State Parole Office.

Under the Gun Control Act of 1986, as amended, 18 U.S.C. '921, a person convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year may not ship, transport, possess, receive any firearm or ammunition, 18 U.S.C. '922(g)(1). To do so could result in a new felony conviction punishable by a fine or imprisonment or both.

Presidential Pardon
To determine if you are eligible to apply for a Presidential Pardon or for more information, contact the U.S. Pardon Attorney.