florida expungement cost fees and costs

Expungement Fees and Costs

Our expungement costs and fees include:

  • Legal fee is $689.
  • FDLE Fee is $75.
  • Court Costs/Filing Fees average $75 (but can be higher).
  • Hearing Fee if a hearing is required.

The only cost we have control over is our legal fee. To reduce our fees, we have separated the hearing fee from the overall legal fee. Most cases do not require a hearing.

Expungement Legal Fee $689

Our legal fees are fixed. To get started, we need an initial payment of $389. The remaining $300 is due upon receipt of your Certificate of Eligibility.

➠ The Certificate of Eligibility is obtained from FDLE and is required before we can petition the court.

Total Expungement Cost = Legal Fee + Costs/Expenses

The total expungement cost is equal to the legal fees plus the costs involved, such as the FDLE fee and court costs.

The Legal Fee – $689

The total legal fee is currently $689*. The hearing fee is also part of the legal fee. If a hearing is required the hearing fee is required to be paid. See below for the hearing fees.

*The legal fee covers the petitioning of the court to seal or expunge your record and the motion for hearing, if necessary. It does not cover extraordinary hearings to include motions to compel, writs or appeals – whether foreseen or unseen during initial evaluation. These issues are rare and can usually be foreseen when we conduct our review to determine if you qualify. 

Total Legal Fee Due Before Filing Petition

It takes about 6-9 months for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement [FDLE] to process the application and issue your Certificate of Eligibility. When received, the remaining legal fees are due.

You can pay the final $300 in one payment or multiple payments. Once it is paid in full we file the petition with the court to complete the process.

⚖ How Long It Takes To Expunge Your Record

Obtaining Certified Copies of Documents

Our legal fee includes obtaining certified copies of existing documents you may need for your records after your case has been sealed or expunged. We send you these at the completion of your case. This is important for people that are:

  • Seeking employment with an Entitled Entity.
  • Not a United States Citizen.

⚖ Entitled Entities

Costs/Expenses That Must Be Paid

Expungement costs are expenses required to be paid outside the legal fee. These include:

  • the Florida Department of Law Enforcement fee ($75),
  • costs for notary services (Max. $10 per notary stamp),
  • cost for fingerprints ($varies), and
  • the filing fee or court costs ($varies, usually around $75).

The FDLE Fee – $75

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement requires a $75 processing fee when we submit the paperwork for your Certificate of Eligibility.

Notary and Fingerprinting

The seal or expunge packet we send you requires you obtain your fingerprints and three documents to be notarized.

You must pay for the notarization and fingerprint costs. If you are local (Orlando area) we can do the notarizations for you for free.

Court Costs or Filing Fees – Usually $75-$100

Court costs are typically paid upon filing the petition (filing fee) or after the court has granted your criminal record expungement or sealing. This typically costs between $42-$100 and is due upon filing the petition or after the petition has been granted.

If you still owe money in the underlying case (court costs, restitution, fines) these will have to be paid before the court will grant the petition. The court costs may be higher if the case involved co-defendants.

Qualifying Before Paying

Before you spend a dime, we make sure you qualify to have your record sealed or expunged. It is to your benefit to know whether you qualify before you spend time and money on trying to seal or expunge your record.

⚖ Expungement Qualifications

Hearing Fees By County

A majority of petitions to expunge or seal do not require a hearing. This is why we stopped charging for it up front. Now, you only pay for a hearing if a hearing is required.

Orange, Osceola, Seminole$250.00
Brevard, Lake, Volusia$325.00
Flagler, Marion, Polk, Putnam, Sumter$350.00
Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Indian River$375.00
Alachua, Gilchrist, Hardee, Levy, Sarasota, St. Lucie,$395.00
De Soto, Highlands, Manatee, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, Pinellas$425.00
Baker, Bradford, Broward, Clay, Columbus, Duval, Glades, Union$450.00
Dixie, Hamilton, Hendry, Lafayette, Lee, Madison, Miami-Dade, Nassau, Suwannee, Taylor$485.00
Charlotte, Collier, Monroe$500.00

-Ask for the legal fee for a hearing in any county not listed.

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More Information about Florida Expungements:

⚖ Florida Record Expungements and Sealings