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In Virginia, anyone convicted of a felony, unfortunately automatically loses their civil rights. These civil rights include the right to vote, serve on a jury, run for office, become a notary public, and carry a firearm. The Constitution of Virginia gives the Governor the sole discretion to restore civil rights, not including firearm rights (in order to receive your firearm rights back, you must first apply to have your rights restored from the state, then petition your local circuit court for those rights). Individuals who need to check the status of their civil rights or who need to request the restoration of their rights are encouraged to contact the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office.
To check on the status of your civil rights or to begin the process of rights restoration, please visit: https://www.restore.virginia.gov