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Florida's Government in the Sunshine Law was enacted in 1967 establishing a basic right of access to most meetings of boards, commissions and other governing bodies of state and local governmental agencies or authorities. The state of Florida has 67 counties and more than 400 incorporated municipalities designated as cities, towns, or villages. There is no legal difference between the designations. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, FDLE is the central repository of the criminal history information for the state of Florida. Criminal reports contain available information of felonies, misdemeanors, traffic violations and infractions. Searches may be performed online but do not include certified results. Find the most current and up to date Florida public record information quickly and easily, including birth, death, and marriage records. Request Florida state criminal histories and obtain inmate information. Research both Florida state and federal court cases online. Search databases for each individual county within Florida and learn about county governments and resources. Access links to Florida cities to discover information regarding community services, government, and local attractions. Find out about doing business in Florida and how to navigate state business laws for the greatest commercial advantage. Locate people, search land and genealogy records, and discover numerous directories geared to obtaining knowledge of Florida state government, records, and resources. Check back frequently for updated facts and figures.
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  • How can I find my court records free and online, in Florida?
    Depends on the county, not all counties have their records online freely like Orange county, FL. Since you know where they are, you can check with the clerk's web page, that's where the Orange county has their free search. Hillsborough County, Collier County Clerk of the Circuit Court, Alachua County, Broward, Pinellas and others, too many to list.
  • How can I get arrest records from 1985 in Florida?
    A majority of arrests are at the county or city level, from local law enforcement. Having a case number is helpful. You can find records of arrests using many free sources online, you will need to dig up some of them. Official police reports are different, they are requested from the department which made the arrest. Sometimes requested by defense attorneys for their case. Records of arrest, which means any recorded information in regard to an arrest, can be found in different sources. You can pull up a case from an earlier time and see specifics about the prosecution, filed charges and more. Periodicals have archived reports also and they report on arrests. Without knowing where the arrest happened, specific sources can't be suggested. The FL department of corrections has a free public search that shows photos of the prisoners. A name search can be conducted, there are many offenders listed there and worth checking. You can see a list of their offenses going back many years showing arrests/offenses and dates.
  • How can I retrieve a will and trust documents from a person who died in Florida?
    You can check into court records if the will went through probate, then retrieve it either online or by going to the courthouse records department, depending on the particular court. In some cases the will is recorded, however, attorneys have advised not to do so due to privacy concerns and tendency of the will being amended after the recording. When a resident of Florida passes away, the person which is in possession the will is required to turn it over to the court clerk where the deceased lived. You can check more about the law and how it applies to you, such as whether you are mentioned in that will, are you an interested party named in the will. Check both official records (recorded documents such as deeds) and court records.
  • Where do I find in Florida, my criminal records?
    You can either do the check yourself or have the file (the Florida Department of Law Enforcement) do it for you by simply requesting it online. Or you can look up court records and see other information such as lawsuits, judgments, etc. If the charges are recent, you can check the police department's website for their inmate/in-custody lists. If it is going to trial soon, the criminal court calendar is another free search you can do. These last ones are pre-conviction, so they would probably not appear on the file's criminal records search.
  • Where can I find access in Florida to a police report for someone I posted a bond for?
    Check the website of the police station which made the arrest. You can find out who can get one and how to do it. Going through the police may not be the only way, but one of the most common ways to get a police report. Policies require only persons related to the case to obtain the police report, and different departments may not have the same policy in requesting a report.
  • Where can I search for divorce records in Florida?
    If you are aware of the county where the filing took place, you can go directly to the court's website and see how to order them. Court records are generally public records. Vital records, specially official certificates are not as easy to obtain as they come with some restrictions depending on the agency. However, court records are under general open records laws and should be available to anyone requesting them. Note that not all court records are available, such as juvenile records, certain court records can be restricted from public view, however, divorce records should be readily open. Florida's department health issues divorce abstracts from 6/1927 to today. The clerk office in the county where the divorces occurred has records prior to that period. If you need the entire record, judgment, divorce decree or other documents of the dissolution, you will also need to go to the county clerk, as the department of health only provides abstract reports (of divorces earlier than sixty days). Requests for this document are without restrictions, which means that anyone can request them for a fee of four dollars. You will need the document: APPLICATION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE REPORT (DIVORCE OR ANNULMENT )GRANTED IN FLORIDA. To access this form, click on the link: Florida Marriage Records above under the Florida Free Public Records Directory part of this page (at the top of the page), from there, a menu to the left on the health department's webpage lists a divorce link that will take you to the form.
  • Where can I find in Florida, a wanted person and their offense?
    Do you know of which department has been given the warrant for the wanted person? Some wanted individuals can be viewed online, for example Florida's department of corrections absconders list and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement wanted person search. Both show photos. There are also fugitive lists from the Marshall's office. The FDLE and DOC lists allows a search of the entire state at once by the person's name, not just from one county to another. The FDLE results show offense of the person that's wanted in the profile details. The DOC absconder list has photos/mugshots of the offenders.
  • Where can I find in Florida, an offender's criminal record?
    You can either conduct your own by what is free online or utilize the FDLE service for a background check of criminal records. If you choose to do the search yourself, you will need to look for not just one, but many sites which have criminal records such as inmate lists, absconder/wanted lists, offenders list, or even criminal court searches, either in person or online. You can begin with this link http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/which will take you to a webpage by Florida law enforcement. There you will see four options for the general public to conduct searches. There are also local police which can provide criminal records. This is why is it important to conduct an address search first for a complete background check. The addresses can show any residences outside of Florida where records can be found. You can go above a typical criminal records search and look up bankruptcies with a free open public records search, please note the coverage as all cases may not appear due to the date of the actions or not electronically entered, archived and so forth. It is not as simple as going to a single website and get everything when you are looking for free records, there's no guarantee that you will get everything when you use a service other than your money back. There are so many records out there which can be found that there will often be a lot of data that can be missed.
  • Where can I find access to and a copy of my background check in Florida?
    You can get a criminal background check from the FDLE or individual police/sheriff's departments. The Division of Driver Licenses points to using the Problem Driver Pointer System, which you can see on the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles webpage. Employers can search for drivers' or criminal histories; these checks are conducted separately. If you do get a police report, regardless of whether with the file or not, please let others know what your thoughts are on the type of search it was. Did it find everything or anything else?
  • Where can I find my marriage License in Florida?
    Marriage licenses are issued from the county where they take place by the clerk/court. The state uses a private company. If you know which county, their site can tell you how to request it. Florida Department of Health states on its website that requests by email will make your email address public. Any requests by email to the department are public, and they warn you of this. I'd like to see whether the same is true for private companies filling the role of providing the same services on behalf of the state. florida doe has this policy not just for marriage records requests but for many other, if not all, records requests which disclose your email address. Check disclosure policies regarding your specific request first.
Florida Free Public Records Directory

Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

Florida Latest Crime Records (Updated 12/08/2022)
  • Total Violent Crime:
    81,270
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    1,122
  • Rape:
    8,456
  • Robbery:
    16,217
  • Aggravated Assault:
    55,475
  • Total Property Crime:
    460,846
  • Burglary:
    63,396
  • Larceny Theft:
    358,402
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    39,048
Florida Census Data
  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    18,801,310
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    15,982,839
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    18%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    2,818,932
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    15,982,378
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    1,166,005
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    6%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    4,057,773
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    22%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    17%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    3,195,841
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    51%
  • State's white resident population
    14,109,162
  • State's black resident population
    2,999,862
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    71,458
  • State's Asian resident population
    454,821
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    12,286
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    472,577
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    4,223,806
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    10,884,722
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    75%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    16%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    3%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    23%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    58%
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in Florida
  • Births
    239,165
  • Deaths
    168,096
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    1,685
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    83%
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of Florida Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    19%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    26%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    85%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    26%
  • Total number of Veterans
    1,685,421
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data

    Households located in Florida
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    26 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
    8,852,754
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    1,549,665
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    21%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    70%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $211,300
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    30%
  • Total number of households
    7,076,539
  • Average size of households
    3
  • Florida Employment Data

    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
    $26,503
  • Statewide income of median households in Florida
    $44,755
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    15%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $699,176
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $38,417
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    9,197,484
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    965,753
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    11%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    10,679,883
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    1,746,769
  • People employed by the government
    1,208,984
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    447,432,985
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    41,895
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    507,027
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