On October 6, 2022, President Biden issued a presidential proclamation that pardons federal convictions for simple marijuana possession offenses.
A pardon is an expression of the President's forgiveness. It does not signify innocence or expunge the conviction. But it may remove civil disabilities -- such as restrictions on the right to vote, to hold office, or to sit on a jury -- that are imposed because of the pardoned conviction. It may also be helpful in obtaining licenses, bonding, or employment. Learn more about the pardon
You qualify for the pardon if:
A Certificate of Pardon is proof that you were pardoned under the proclamation. The certificate is the only documentation you will receive of the pardon.
You must provide personal details like name, mailing address, email address, and citizenship status.
About the charge or conviction
You must state whether it was a charge or conviction, the court district where it happened, and the date (month, day, year). If possible, you should also:
Without this information, we can't guarantee that we'll be able to determine if you qualify for the pardon under the proclamation.
The fastest way to submit a request is online through this website. If you send us the request form (PDF) by email or mail, it may take longer to process it.
You can submit a request for yourself or someone else can submit it on your behalf.
Download the request form (PDF) and email the completed form to USPardon.Attorney@usdoj.gov. If you include charging or conviction documents with the request, attach PDF copies of them to the email.
Print the request form (PDF) and mail the completed form to:
U.S. Department of JusticeOffice of the Pardon Attorney950 Pennsylvania Avenue NWWashington, DC 20530
If you are including charging or conviction documents with the request, send copies of them with the request form.
Online on this website
If you don't have an email address, enter one that belongs to someone who is helping you.
This may delay the processing of your request. If you don't have a place where you can get mail, enter a mailing address that belongs to someone who is helping you.
Email address where we should send updates
Mailing address where we should send updates
Date of birth (required)
We'll use this information to analyze who has been affected by the proclamation.
If you have multiple charges or convictions, please submit a separate application for each one.
Date of conviction (required)
An exact date will help us process your request faster. If you don't know the exact date, enter your best guess.
Upload documentation related to your case, such as:
Save the document as a PDF before you upload it, if possible.
With knowledge of the penalties for false statements to Federal Agencies, as provided by 18 U.S.C. § 1001, and with knowledge that this statement is submitted by me to affect action by the U.S. Department of Justice, I certify that:
The Office of the Pardon Attorney has authority to collect this information under the U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 2 (the pardon clause); Orders of the Attorney General Nos. 1798-93, 58 Fed. Reg. 53658 and 53659 (1993), 2317-2000, 65 Fed. Reg. 48381 (2000), and 2323-2000, 65 Fed. Reg. 58223 and 58224 (2000), codified in 28 C.F.R. §§ 1.1 et seq. (the rules governing petitions for executive clemency); and Order of the Attorney General No. 1012-83, 48 Fed. Reg. 22290 (1983), as codified in 28 C.F.R. §§ 0.35 and 0.36 (the authority of the Office of the Pardon Attorney). The principal purpose for collecting this information is to enable the Office of the Pardon Attorney to issue an individual certificate of pardon to you. The routine uses which may be made of this information include provision of data to the President and his staff, other governmental entities, and the public. The full list of routine uses for this correspondence can be found in the System of Records Notice titled, "Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records," published in Federal Register, September 15, 2011, Vol. 76, No. 179, at pages 57078 through 57080; as amended by "Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records," published in the Federal Register, May 25, 2017, Vol. 82, No. 100, at page 24161, and at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties' website.You consent to allowing the Office of the Pardon Attorney to obtain information regarding your citizenship and/or immigration status from the courts, from other government agencies, from other components within the Department of Justice, and from the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHS-USCIS), Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program. The information received from these sources will be used for the sole purposes of determining an applicant's qualification for a Certificate of Pardon under the October 6 proclamation and for record-keeping of those determinations. Further, please be aware that if the Office of the Pardon Attorney is unable to verify your citizenship or immigration status based on the information provided below, we may contact you to obtain additional verification information. Learn more about the DHS-USCIS's SAVE program and its ordinary uses.
Your disclosure of information to the Office of the Pardon Attorney on this form is voluntary. If you do not complete all or some of the information fields in this form, however, the Office of the Pardon Attorney may not be able to effectively respond. Information regarding gender, race, or ethnicity is not required and will not affect the processing of the application.
If you're filling this form out for yourself, enter your name below. If you're filling this out for someone else, enter your own name, not the applicant's.