Applying for a Pardon in New Jersey

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Not all cases are eligible for New Jersey expungement; however, there is another option that may be beneficial. Seeking a pardon in the state where your conviction occurred may the best solution to receive criminal record relief.

In order to apply for a pardon, there are certain requirements that may need to be met and certain application procedures that must be completed. This information can be found in great detail at

If you are applying for a pardon in New Jersey, below you will find the eligibility requirements and process for applying.

There are no formal requirements to be eligible for a pardon in New Jersey. You may apply even if you are still serving your sentence and being confined in a correctional facility.

To apply for a pardon in New Jersey:

  • Obtain a Pardon Application by:
    • Calling the Parole Board at 609-292-4257
    • Writing in a request to the Parole Board at:
      New Jersey State Parole Board
      Attn: Clemency Investigator
      P.O. Box 862
      Trenton, NJ 08625
  • Prepare a personal statement
  • Prepare two letters of recommendation
  • Notarize your completed pardon application
  • Submit your Pardon Application to the New Jersey State Parole Board