Per FDLE & Under Florida Law:
When a criminal history record is sealed or expunged, the public will not have access to it. Certain governmental or related entities, primarily those listed in Section 943.059(4)(a), F.S, have access to the sealed record information in its entirety. When a record has been expunged, most of the entities which would have access to a sealed record will be informed that the subject of the record has had a record expunged, but would not have access to the record itself without a court order. The response to a record search query from such an entity would be: "Criminal History Record Expunged Pursuant to Florida Statutes 943.”
Adult criminal history records are public unless sealed or expunged. A criminal history record is created when a person is arrested and fingerprinted, and includes the disposition of any charges stemming from that arrest, whether it is an adjudication of guilt or the withholding of adjudication, acquittal, or dismissal of charges before trial, or other disposition.
In addition, if a person has been adjudicated guilty (as an adult) of any criminal offense in any jurisdiction (or adjudicated delinquent, as a juvenile, in Florida for any felony or for certain specified misdemeanors), whether or not related to the charge(s) that the person is applying for, the record is ineligible for sealing and the application will be denied. FDLE conducts state, national, and criminal traffic records checks when processing applications.
Persons who have been convicted (adjudicated guilty) of a felony are not eligible for an expungement or sealing of their criminal history record regardless of whether their civil rights have been restored.