Robert Downey Jr. Pardon: Actor Receives Christmas Eve Pardon For Years-Old Drug Crimes [VIDEO]

Robert Downey Jr. officially has a clean record -- and just in time for the holidays.

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On Thursday, the 50-year-old actor was among 91 people, who received a pardon from Governor Jerry Brown for past crimes in what has become a Christmas Eve tradition.

In October, as the Los Angeles Times revealed, Downey obtained an order from a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge, which found that he had "lived an honest and upright life, exhibited good moral character, and conducted himself as a law-abiding citizen."

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The pardon reads, "By completion of his sentence and good conduct in the community of his residence since his release, Robert John Downey, Jr. has paid his debt to society and earned a full and unconditional pardon."

As the site revealed, pardon applicants are required to be declared upstanding citizens by a Superior Court judge before receiving a pardon, or they can request a pardon directly from the governor.

"Pardons are not granted unless they are earned," the governor's office said in a statement.

At this time last year, Governor Brown handed out 105 pardons to past criminals on Christmas Even, but according to the Los Angeles Times, one of those pardons was withdrawn after he learned one man had recently been "disciplined by financial regulators."

Following a number of drug-related incidents years ago, Robert Downey Jr. kicked his drug habit and has now been clean for more than a decade.

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