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5HVWRUDWLRQRI5LJKWV An individual convicted of a felony in Virginia loses four civil rights - the right to vote, sit on a jury, serve as a notary public and run for public office as well as being able to carry a firearm. The Constitution of Virginia gives the Governor the discretion to restore civil rights, but not firearm rights. To be eligible for Restoration of Civil Rights, an individual must have a felony conviction and be free of incarceration and/or supervision resulting from felony convictions. The Secretary of the Commonwealth's Office gives priority consideration to individuals who request Restoration of Civil Rights. You may call the office at 804-692-0104 or go to their website restore.virginia.gov. The Secretary of the Commonwealth's Office does identify individuals who may meet the Governor's standards for restoration of rights and those individuals will be considered for possible restoration in the order of when they were released from supervision.
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