2. Starting the Process: Filing a Petition for a Pardon

• How Do I Apply for a Pardon?

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Send the Board of Pardons a money order, certified check, cashier’s check, institution check, or law firm check in the amount of $8.00, made payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Please be advised that a personal check is not accepted. Enclose a self-addressed stamped business size envelope. Upon receipt of the $8.00 fee, you will be mailed an Application for Clemency, along with a complete set of instructions.

Mailing Address:
333 Market Street, 15th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 1712615th Floor

Phone: 717-787-2596
Fax: 717-772-3135

• How Much Does It Cost to Apply for a Pardon?

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Estimated Set Costs

$08.00 - Cost of obtaining application
$00.88 - Two first-class stamps on a self-addressed business size envelope in which application is to be mailed
$25.00 - Application processing fee
$10.00 - Copy of criminal record
$43.88    Total estimated set costs

You will also need five (5) color passport-sized photos. Be sure to make copies of all documents for your own records before sending them to the Pardon Board.

To obtain copy of criminal record:
Individuals may request a copy of their criminal records for $10.00 and can find out what other individuals or companies can have legal access to these records by sending a completed copy of Form SP4-164 to the following address.

Criminal Record Repository
Bureau of Records and Information Services
Pennsylvania State Police
1800 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone: (717) 783-5588
Fax: (717) 772-3681

• Don’t I Need an Attorney in Order to Apply for a Pardon?


• Are There Organizations That Can Assist Me in Seeking a Pardon?

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More Information:

Community Legal Services
1424 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 981-3700

X-Offenders for Community Empowerment
Pardon Me Clinic Meetings
are held once a month, every second Monday of the month
2231 North Broad Street from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Contact Mr. Wayne Jacobs
2540 West Hagert Street
Philadelphia, PA 19132
(215) 668-8477

Legal Aid of Southeastern PA
625 Swede Street
Norristown, PA 19401
(610) 275-5400
Toll Free Help Line—(877) 429-5994

The Pennsylvania Prison Society
2000 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 564-4775

• What Information Do I Need to Fill Out the Application?