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P.O. Box 61037
Richmond, Virginia 23261

Main Office
2134 West Laburnum Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23227
8 AM–5 PM, M–F, except holidays
9 AM–5 PM the last two Saturdays before all elections

Customer Service Counter
City Hall
Marshall Street side of the first floor lobby
900 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
8 AM–5 PM, M–F, except holidays

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Fax: (804)646-7848

Restoration of Rights

Anyone convicted of a felony in Virginia automatically loses their civil rights – the right to vote, serve on a jury, run for office, become a public notary, and carry a firearm. The Constitution of Virginia gives the Governor the sole discretion to restore civil rights, not including firearm rights. Individuals seeking restoration of their civil rights are encouraged to contact the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office.

To be eligible for restoration of civil rights, an individual must be free from any term of incarceration resulting from felony convictions. The Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office works with the Department of Corrections to identify individuals who have been released and may be eligible to have their rights restored.

On March 16, 2021, Governor Ralph Northam restored the voting rights of more than 69,000 Virginians who had completed their prison sentences but are still on probation. The Governor’s move mirrors a proposed constitutional amendment recently approved by the General Assembly that would automatically restore voting rights to people convicted of felonies once they serve their time and are released from prison. To take effect, the amendment must be approved by the legislature again in 2022 and must win approval from voters in a statewide ballot referendum.

Previously, former felons who have served their sentences were not eligible to have their civil rights restored until after they completed probation. The new eligibility criteria announced by Governor Northam means that going forward, people convicted of felonies will become eligible to have their rights restored once they serve their prison time, although the governor’s office would still have to approve it.

If you have questions, or if you would like to check to see if your civil rights have been restored, please contact the Secretary of the Commonwealth at the following website (www.restore.virginia.gov), or you can call the office at (804) 692-0104.