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Longer Delays Expected From FDLE

One of the questions I am most frequently asked is, "How long does it take to seal or expunge a record?"

Under normal circumstances, I would say it takes between three and six months to seal or expunge a criminal record in the State of Florida.

However, in my discussions with FDLE (the agency that processes requests to seal or expunge a record), it is apparent that there is a significant backlog of applications.

I would urge all applicants to extend the wait time to seven or eight months now.

If the timeframe should return to normal, I will let you know.

Eric Matheny is an expungement attorney and sealing attorney serving all of Florida.