In Arizona, the government takes away your right to vote if you have been convicted of one or more felonies (A.R.S. § 13-904). The following information explains the basics of how to regain your civil rights, including your right to vote. This information is a resource, not legal advice, for people with felony convictions. If you notice incorrect or outdated information on this page, please email communications@acluaz.org

One Felony Conviction (Automatic Restoration, A.R.S. § 13-912)

For your first-and-only one-count felony conviction, you automatically regain your civil rights upon absolute discharge from imprisonment or completion of all aspects of your probation. In addition, you must pay all court-ordered fines or restitution before your right to vote will be restored. To see if you owe any outstanding sums, contact the clerk of the court where you were sentenced.

Two or More Felony Convictions, Incarceration Served (Judicial Restoration After Waiting Period, A.R.S. § 13-906)

If you have multiple felony convictions and were incarcerated, you must wait two years from your date of absolute discharge to apply for your rights to be restored. You must submit your Certificate of Absolute Discharge with your application. Your rights restoration application must be submitted to the court where you were sentenced (or, if your conviction was in federal court, to the presiding judge of the Superior Court in the county where you now reside). If you were convicted in multiple court cases, you must file a separate restoration application for each one.

Two or More Felony Convictions, Probation Served (Judicial Restoration Without Waiting Period, A.R.S. § 13-905)

If you have multiple felony convictions and only served probation, you do not have to wait two years to apply for your voting rights to be restored. Your right to vote may be restored by the court that discharged you from probation. Arizona law requires probation officers or courts handling your probation to notify you, in writing, of the process for restoring your right to vote. You should work with your probation officer upon the termination of your probation, which may include the payment of fines and/or restitution, to restore your civil rights.  

What if I was convicted of a federal crime?

In Arizona, the same rules apply whether you were convicted of a federal or state felony. If you served only probation, you're eligible to apply for restoration after the completion of probation (A.R.S. § 13-909). If you served a prison sentence, you’re eligible to apply for restoration after waiting two years from the date of your absolute discharge (A.R.S. § 13-910). Instead of applying to the sentencing court, however, you must apply for restoration of your voting rights with the presiding judge of the Superior Court in the county where you reside. If you served time in a federal prison, your restoration application will need to be accompanied by a Certificate of Absolute Discharge from the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

What if I was convicted in another state?

There are no provisions in Arizona law for the restoration of rights that may have been lost as a result of a conviction in another state. You will need to apply to have your voting rights restored in the state where you were convicted. For voting rights information in different states, visit http://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/felon-voting-rights.aspx. For additional questions about getting your rights restored in a different state visit https://www.sentencingproject.org/state-contacts/.

Obtaining a Certificate of Absolute Discharge for Arizona State Court Convictions

If you were convicted of more than one felony and were incarcerated in an Arizona prison, the first step toward restoring your rights is to get a Certificate of Absolute Discharge. You must attach a copy of your Absolute Discharge Certificate to your application for civil rights restoration.

You can obtain this certificate from the Arizona Department of Corrections. The Arizona Department of Corrections has a "Request for Absolute Discharge" form available on its website: https://corrections.az.gov/sites/default/files/files/adc-absolutedischargeform_051017.pdf. Complete this form and send it to the Arizona Department of Corrections to receive a copy of your Certificate of Absolute Discharge. For more information about obtaining your Certificate of Absolute Discharge, call 602-542-4948, email ADCAbsDisch@AZCorrections.gov, or write to Arizona Department of Corrections, 1601 W. Jefferson, Phoenix, AZ 85007.

Filing the Restoration Application

You can file your civil rights restoration application with the Superior Court in the county where you were originally sentenced (or, if your conviction was in federal court, to the presiding judge of the Superior Court in the county where you now reside).

To obtain a rights restoration application, contact the county court clerk's office (contact information is available below). You will need to know your case number(s) and will be asked to file a separate application for each of your criminal cases; therefore, you may need multiple copies of your absolute discharge paperwork.

There is no fee for filing an application for the restoration of civil rights in Arizona and you do not need a lawyer.

Arizona County Court Clerk’s Offices

Maricopa County:

Application Form: https://www.maricopa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/11228/application-to-restore-rights

Address:
Clerk of Superior Court
201 W. Jefferson St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 506-0547

Website: http://www.clerkofcourt.maricopa.gov/

Pima County:

Application Form: www.cosc.pima.gov/forms/clerkforms/restorationofcivilrights.pdf

Address:
Pima County Clerk of Court
110 West Congress St
Tucson, Arizona 85701-1317

Phone:(520) 724-3200

Website: http://www.cosc.pima.gov/

Apache County:

Application Form: https://www.maricopa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/11228/application-to-restore-rights

Mailing Address:
PO Box 365
St. Johns, AZ 85936

Physical Address:
70 West 3rd South
Saint Johns AZ
85936

Phone: (928) 337-7550

Website: http://www.co.apache.az.us/clerk-of-the-court/

Cochise County:

Application Form: https://www.cochise.az.gov/sites/default/files/court_administration/RestorationofRights.pdf

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box CK
Bisbee, AZ 85603

Physical Address (Bisbee):
100 Quality Hill Road
Bisbee, AZ 85603

Phone: (520)432-8600

Physical Address (Sierra Vista):
100 Colonia De Salud
Suite 200
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

Phone: (520) 803-3060

Website: https://www.cochise.az.gov/clerk-superior-court/home

Coconino County:

Application Form: http://www.coconino.az.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1880

Address:
200 N. San Francisco St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Phone: (928) 679-7600

Website: http://www.coconino.az.gov/132/Clerk-of-the-Superior-Court

Gila County:

Application Form: http://www.gilacountyaz.gov/government/courts/clerk_of_the_court/criminal_forms_revised(6-15-17).php

Address (Globe):
Gila County Superior Court
1400 E. Ash Street
Globe, AZ  85501

Phone: (928) 425-3231

Address (Payson):
Gila County Superior Court
714 S. Beeline Highway
Payson, AZ  85541

Phone: (928) 474-3978

Website: http://www.gilacountyaz.gov/government/courts/clerk_of_the_court/

Graham County:

Application Form: http://docs.graham.az.gov/ACC/Departments/Judicial/SuperiorCourt/SCForms/G10-RestorationOfCivilRights.pdf

Address:
Graham County Courthouse
800 Main Street
Safford AZ 85546

Phone: (928)428-3100

Website: http://www.graham.az.gov/courts-judicial/clerk-of-the-superior-court/

Greenlee County:

Address:
223 5th Street
Clifton, AZ 85533

Phone: (928) 865-3872

Website: https://www.co.greenlee.az.us/courts/clerkhome.aspx

La Paz County:

Address:
1316 Kofa Ave., Suite 607
Parker, Arizona 85344

Phone: (928)669-6131

Website: http://www.lapazsuperiorcourtclerk.com/index.html

Mohave County:

Application Form: https://www.mohavecourts.com/clerk/CriminalRestoration.htm

Address (Kingman):
401 Spring Street
P.O. Box 7000
Kingman, AZ 86402

Phone: (928) 753-0713

Address (Lake Havasu City):
2001 College Drive
Lake Havasu City
86404

Phone: (928) 453-0701

Address (Bullhead City):
2225 Trane Road
Bullhead City, AZ
86442

Phone: (928) 758-0730

Website: https://www.mohavecourts.com/clerk/homepage.htm

Navajo County:

Address (Holbrook):
Navajo County Superior Court
100 East Code Talkers Drive
PO Box 668
Holbrook, AZ 86025

Phone: (928) 524-4188

Address (Show Low):
Navajo County Superior Court
620 East McNeil
Show Low, AZ 85901

Phone:(928) 532-6003

Website: http://www.navajocountyaz.gov/Departments/Clerk-of-the-Court

Pinal County:

Application Form: http://www.coscpinalcountyaz.gov/assets/restoration-of-civil-rights-application.pdf

Address:
Superior Court Administration
971 Jason Lopez Circle
Building A
Florence, AZ 85132

Phone: (520) 866-5400

Website: http://coscpinalcountyaz.gov/

Santa Cruz County:

Application Information: https://www.santacruzcountyaz.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6815

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1265
Nogales, AZ 85628

Physical Address:
2160 N. Congress Drive
Suite 2200
Nogales, AZ 85621 

Phone:(520) 375-7700

Website: http://www.sccoclerk.com/

Yavapai County:

Application Form: http://courts.yavapai.us/Portals/1/Documents/App-to-Vacate-Judgment.pdf

Address:
120 South Cortez Street
Prescott, AZ 86303

Phone: (928) 771-3312 

Website: http://courts.yavapai.us/clerk

Yuma County:

Application Form: http://www.yumacountyaz.gov/home/showdocument?id=27028

Address:
Yuma County Justice Center
250 W. 2nd Street
Yuma, AZ 85364

Phone: (928) 817-4210

Website: http://www.yumacountyaz.gov/government/courts/clerk-of-superior-court

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