I have totally turned my life around and am
wondering if it would be possible to get a
governor's pardon for this revocation.
First, the law that directly applies here. First, pardons are provided for in Florida under Article IV, section 8 of the state constitution. It provides the following:
SECTION 8. Clemency.--
(a) Except in cases of treason and in cases where impeachment results in conviction, the governor may, by executive order filed with the custodian of state records, suspend collection of fines and forfeitures, grant reprieves not exceeding sixty days and, with the approval of two members of the cabinet, grant full or conditional pardons, restore civil rights, commute punishment, and remit fines and forfeitures for offenses.
Second, Florida Statute section 322.28(e) is the permenant suspension of your license for the 4th DUI. It says:
(e) The court shall permanently revoke the driver's license or driving privilege of a person who has been convicted four times for violation of s. 316.193 or former s. 316.1931 or a combination of such sections. The court shall permanently revoke the driver's license or driving privilege of any person who has been convicted of DUI manslaughter in violation of s. 316.193. If the court has not permanently revoked such driver's license or driving privilege within 30 days after imposing sentence, the department shall permanently revoke the driver's license or driving privilege pursuant to this paragraph. No driver's license or driving privilege may be issued or granted to any such person. This paragraph applies only if at least one of the convictions for violation of s. 316.193 or former s. 316.1931 was for a violation that occurred after July 1, 1982. For the purposes of this paragraph, a conviction for violation of former s. 316.028, former s. 316.1931, or former s. 860.01 is also considered a conviction for violation of s. 316.193. Also, a conviction of driving under the influence, driving while intoxicated, driving with an unlawful blood-alcohol level, or any other similar alcohol-related or drug-related traffic offense outside this state is considered a conviction for the purposes of this paragraph.
Section 316.193 mentioned in the statute is the DUI statute.
Now , here's the legal problem I see. The Florida constitution gives the governor, with the consent of two members of his cabinent, the power to issue pardons, restore civil rights, commute punishment, and remit (lower) fines for offenses. However, your driver's license is a privilege, not a right. Indeed, the civil rights referred to in the state consitution are primarly "the right to vote, the right to serve on a jury, and the right to hold public office. In addition, restoration of civil rights may allow you to be considered for certain types of employment licenses. The right to own, possess, or use firearms requires an application and there is a waiting period of eight years from the date sentence expired or supervision terminated." See Commutation FAQs.
So, the issue is whether the lifetime ban on your driver's license is a "punishment" that a governor's pardon/commutation may remove. My take of the Florida statutes suggests that the lifetime ban is an administrative provision, not an additional punishment for the offense, and as a result it seems likely to me that the pardon/commutation cannot undo the ban that prevents the DMV from issuing you a license. I don't practice in Florida, however, nor have I researched any Florida case law that may address this. So I suggest you ask a Florida lawyer who practices in the area of DUI or is familiar with governor's pardons for his/her take on it. But at least you can go in to the meeting with the lawyer with the applicable state constitution and statute in hand, which should make it a little easier to get the answer you need and to understand what the lawyer tells you.
Now for the practical problem. It is very difficult to get a pardon. The bulk of the cases that the state's Office of Executive Clemency (which is where you need to apply) are for restoration of civil rights, which is largely automatic after the full sentence has been served. But full pardons or other kinds of clemency are much more rare. So, even if the pardon or clemency would help you, you'll likely have an uphill fight to get it. That doesn't mean you shouldn't try (assuming a Florida lawyer tells you it would help you get your license back), just have realistic expectations going into it.