Executive Clemency

Executive Clemency Applications and Information:

The four types of Executive clemency are: (1) Restoration of Citizenship (Right to Vote and Hold Public Office), (2) Special Restoration of Citizenship (Firearm Rights), (3) Pardon, and (4) Commutation of Life Sentence.  There are three applications for the four types of Executive Clemency.  

I.    Application for Restoration of Citizenship (Right to Vote and Hold Public Office): 

1.    Restoration of Citizenship (Right to Vote and Hold Public Office): A restoration of citizenship restores the right of a person to vote and hold public office.  If you are interested having your voting rights restored, please complete the shorter, Streamlined Application for Restoration of Citizenship Rights.

APPLICATION: Restoration of Citizenship Rights – Right to Vote and Hold
Public Office
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs): Restoration of Citizenship Rights – Right to Vote and Hold Public Office

II.    Application for Special Restoration of Citizenship (Firearm Rights) and a Pardon: 

2.    Special Restoration of Citizenship (Firearm Rights): A special restoration of citizenship (firearm rights) restores the firearm rights of a person who has been convicted of a non-forcible felony in Iowa.  An individual convicted of a state crime within the State of Iowa may apply five years after they discharge their sentence. 

3.    Pardon: A pardon, which if full and unconditional, restores all rights (right to vote, hold public office, and firearm rights) and relieves an offender from further punishment imposed by reason of a conviction of a criminal offense.  A pardon will not erase or expunge the record of conviction.  An individual convicted of a state crime within the State of Iowa may apply ten years after they discharge their sentence.

APPLICATION: Special Restoration of Citizenship (Firearms) and Pardon
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs): Special Restoration of Citizenship (Firearms) and Pardon

III.    Application for Commutation of Life Sentence: 

4.    Commutation of Life Sentence: A commutation of a life sentence is a reduction or lessening of the original sentence.  

APPLICATION: Application for Commutation of Life Sentence
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs): Commutation of Life Sentence