South Carolina Pardon/Expungement Process

The State of South Carolina offers pardons and expungements through the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services. A pardon in the state of South Carolina is the formal forgiveness from all legal consequences of that individual’s crime(s) and conviction(s).

The application process entails the submission of a three-component Pardon Application. The three components consist of

  1. written letters of reference,
  2. information from the applicant,
  3. payment of the application fee.

The process for an application can be lengthy. Upon receipt of the application the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services can take on average between seven and nine months to schedule a hearing date. Out of state applications can take longer.

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