Are There Any Time Limits for Filing a 2255 Federal Habeas Petition?

FAQs, Habeas Proceedings

Yes, you have very little time to prepare your federal habeas petition. Generally, a 2255 federal habeas petition must be filed within a year after your federal conviction became final.  A federal conviction usually becomes final (1) on the date the United States Supreme Court denies a petition for writ of certiorari; or (2) if United States Supreme Court review is not sought, 90 days after the federal court of appeals issues its decision or denies rehearing.  Although there are some ways to toll the statute of limitations, your petition will be dismissed if you miss the filing deadline.