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Florida Public Records:
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.

Florida Free Public Records Directory

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

Florida Free Court Records Search

Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

Questions, Answers and Comments About Florida Public Records

  • Question: How do I find out if my wife has filed for divorce?
    By Alex
    Jan 11, 2018
    Reply:

    You can check with the court in that county. You can find and view procedures to fling for divorces. The Florida Court Records link above will land on the state's courts page. From there, click on Resources and Services tab, then on Family Courts. The information includes family court basics, jurisdictions, process maps and forms which contain instructions for Florida family law rules and procedures.

    By abc123
    Feb 15, 2018
  • Question: How can I find out who owns a property? When they bought it and the last owners? Also, if property has changed names in last 2 years, same loan, different owners with same last name.
    By Tracy
    Jan 13, 2018
    Reply:

    Depends on the county, larger counties have better online public services to provide information (Miami-Dade for example).

    By adam12
    Jan 19, 2018
  • Question: Are public pool permits public knowledge
    By Enzoata
    Aug 03, 2016
    Reply:

    Check with the Florida department of health, they have a web page for swimming pools and its permits. There's also a contact information for the public to ask for help.

    By admn
    Nov 08, 2017
  • Question: How can I retrieve a will and trust documents from a person who died in Florida in 2011..
    By Edward
    Sep 14, 2016
    Reply:

    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.

    By sibyl
    Oct 20, 2016
  • Question: How can I find reports of recent car accidents between Bradenton and Wesley Chapel?
    By PF
    Aug 30, 2016
    Reply:

    You can look up incidents, including DUI's by using crime mapping. The city police or county sheriffs release reports of incidents on a regular basis, and is thereafter published by private sites. The search can be narrowed to only show accidents, fatalities and so on.

    By admn1
    Sep 21, 2016
  • Question: Where can I find Marriage License?
    By Jim
    Mar 02, 2013
    Reply:

    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.

    By jason
    Jun 09, 2015
    Reply:

    Florida Department of Health states on their website that requests by email, will make your email address public. Any requests by email to the department is 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's doh 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.

    By tedinsky
    Jul 13, 2016
  • Question: HOW CAN I LOCATE A DOCTOR WHO LEFT HIS OLD PRACTICE AND THEY WILL NOT TELL US WHERE HE IS NOW?
    By BRAD
    Jun 29, 2016
    Reply:

    You can view the address either by physicians’ names or practice/business names by using Florida’s department of health’s medical license search online. There are five tabs when you locate the physician’s name or practice, they are: license information, secondary locations, disciplinary actions, subordinate practitioners and practitioner profile. The practitioner’s profile shows the doctor’s primary practice address, medic-aid (participation in the program), staff privileges, institution name, email address, other state licenses and additional information under the other tabs. The doctor’s license does not need to be active to view this information. The results I found included physicians that were retired, deceased, others which their license status currently null and void, voluntarily relinquished, holds as well as clear and active. You can still see the addresses of the physicians which have retired, relinquished their license, are on hold and other in-active status.

    By adm
    Jul 07, 2016

Florida Missing Children

Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Jonathan Castro
    Jonathan Castro, Age Now: 17, Missing: 03/28/2019. Missing From Hollywood, Fl. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Hollywood Police Department (florida) 1-954-764-4357.
    April 19, 2019
  • Missing: Natalie Kasik
    Natalie Kasik, Age Now: 13, Missing: 04/11/2019. Missing From Jupiter, Fl. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office (florida) 1-561-688-3400.
    April 19, 2019
  • Missing: Angel Kasik
    Angel Kasik, Age Now: 15, Missing: 04/11/2019. Missing From Jupiter, Fl. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office (florida) 1-561-688-3400.
    April 19, 2019
  • Missing: Kathy De Rabano
    Kathy De Rabano, Age Now: 16, Missing: 04/11/2019. Missing From Melbourne, Fl. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Melbourne Police Department (florida) 1-321-608-6731.
    April 19, 2019
  • Missing: Vanessa Figueroa
    Vanessa Figueroa, Age Now: 16, Missing: 01/26/2019. Missing From Belleview, Fl. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Belleview Police Department (florida) 1-352-245-7044.
    April 18, 2019
  • Missing: Alexandra Delcid
    Alexandra Delcid, Age Now: 17, Missing: 03/29/2019. Missing From Lake Worth, Fl. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office (florida) 1-561-688-3400.
    April 17, 2019

Florida Missing People

Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources

  • Missing Person • Danny Wayne Hart • Bradenton, Florida • 64 Years Old
    November 26, 2017
  • Updated: Missing Person • Danny Wayne Hart • Bradenton, Florida • 64 Years Old
    November 26, 2017
  • Missing Person • Kurt Robert Gibson • Bonita Springs, Florida • 38 Years Old
    October 31, 2017
  • Missing Person • Terri Lynn Lawrence • North Fort Myers, Florida • 36 Years Old
    October 31, 2017
  • Updated: Missing Person • Terri Lynn Lawrence • North Fort Myers, Florida • 36 Years Old
    October 31, 2017
  • Missing Person • Kelvin Andrew Close • Fort Myers, Florida • 65 Years Old
    October 28, 2017

Florida American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 04/22/2019)

  • Florida's demographic and housing ACS survey of 19,361,792 being 6.16 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 48.9% males and 51.1% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • The Florida social characteristics data of 7,217,508 households, which make up 6.21 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 4,650,162 families with and without children. There are 4,665,703 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • The Florida American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 15,817,611 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 6.36 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 9,359,928 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • Florida housing characteristics are collected from 9,051,851 dwellings making up 6.82 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 7,217,508 or uninhabited 1,834,343 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 7,217,508 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.

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
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
    1,608,887
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
    41,922,059
  • People and Businesses


    Firms and companies of Florida
  • Total number of firms located in the state
    2,009,747
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
    9%
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
    3%
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
    22%
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
    29%
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
    104,832,907
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
    221,641,518
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    262,341,127
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    14,353
  • Land Valuation


    Property value and Florida territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
    35,329
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
    6,788,684
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
    9,231,570
  • Size in square miles of land
    53,927
  • Population per square mile
    349
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