The traditional pardon procedure is available to people who are ineligible for a Certificate of Rehabilitation. This procedure is used primarily by people who were convicted of a crime in California and now reside outside the state. The traditional pardon procedure is also available to people who are not eligible for a Certificate of Rehabilitation because they have been convicted of specified sex offenses or misdemeanor offenses.
Applicants for a traditional pardon may obtain the application either by accessing the Governor's website at www.gov.ca.gov
, or by requesting an application in writing at the following address:
Attention: Legal Affairs
Sacramento, CA 95814
The applicant should first complete the Application for Executive Clemency. Then the applicant must send the Notice of Intent to apply for Executive Clemency to the District Attorney of each county in which the applicant was convicted so that each District Attorney receives the legally-required notice. The District Attorney acknowledges receipt of the Notice of Intent and returns the notice to the Governor's Office. Finally, the applicant should return the completed application to the Governor's Office at the address listed above.