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A pardon is an act of forgiveness which may be requested by an individual for a specific crime(s) that have been committed. A pardon can only be granted by the Governor after a hearing and a favorable recommendation by the majority of the Pardon and Parole Board.
A pardon is not a parole or commutation. A pardon does not clear a criminal record, but does acknowledge that someone has worked hard to become a productive, law-abiding citizen after making mistakes in the past. A pardon is necessary in order to receive an expungement of a criminal record.
Those who are currently incarcerated cannot apply for a pardon and a pardon will not release an offender from prison. In order to be eligible for a pardon, an offender:
• Must be an Oklahoma conviction;
• Must have discharged the entire sentence including any supervision and not be under parole supervision;
• Must have paid all fines, fees, restitution, court costs, etc. in full; and,
• Must not have any pending charges.
The Governor cannot pardon federal convictions or convictions from other states. If you are seeking a pardon for a federal conviction, you should contact the Office of the Pardon Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, 1425 New York Ave., N.W. Suite 1100, Washington, D.C. 20530 (202) 616-6070.
For more information on expungement, visit the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation's Expungement Questions page on their website.
Click on the link for the Pardon Application. It is important that all items on the application be answered and returned to the address:
Pardon and Parole Board
2915 N. Classen Blvd., Suite 405
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Board Members conduct a Pardon Hearing and a majority of the Board then makes a recommendation to the Governor. To be granted a favorable recommendation for pardon, the applicant must have demonstrated good citizenship, as well as a specific, verified, and compelling need for a pardon. In making its decision, the Board views the entire application packet.