Board of Pardons

Overseeing all of Delaware's Pardons, Reprieves, Commutations of Sentence, and Executive Clemency.

Procedure for Filing a Pardon Application

A pardon is an act of executive grace that completely eliminates all consequences of a conviction. However, a pardon does not remove the record of conviction. A pardon removes any further punishment and restores civil rights. A pardon does not remove the historical fact of the conviction from the state’s official arrest and conviction records; it simply adds to the record that a pardon has been granted. To remove the historical fact of a conviction, you must apply for an expungement after a pardon has been granted for the conviction.


Before proceeding with your pardon application process, you must obtain a certified copy of your criminal history from the State Bureau of Identification and certified court dockets and sentencing orders for all adult dispositions listed as guilty, unknown, unobtainable or transferred on the criminal history. This process will take several weeks. You will not be able to fill out your application correctly without this information.

To apply for a pardon, follow the instructions given in the Board of Pardons Checklist in the order in which they are listed. FAILURE TO FOLLOW EACH STEP MAY RESULT IN A RETURNED APPLICATION. All forms listed in this checklist can be found in the Pardon Application Packet or individually on the Forms Page.

The forms on this site are portable document files (PDF). To view these forms, you will need to have an application installed on your computer that can read PDF files. Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.01 or higher will allow you to not only view these files but to fill them in online as well as save them to your computer and print them out. You can get Adobe Acrobat Reader free at

For assistance with these instructions or with the forms, contact the Board of Pardons by phone or by email listed on our contact page

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