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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?
    It 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 Orange county has its free search. Hillsborough County, Collier County Clerk of the Circuit Court, Alachua County, Broward, Pinellas, and others are too many to list.
  • How can I get arrest records from 1985 in Florida?
    Most 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 regarding 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; many offenders are 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 the tendency of the will to be amended after the recording. When a resident of Florida passes away, the person in possession of the will must 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 or are 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 know 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, especially 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. 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 of health has issued divorce abstracts from 6/1927 to today. The clerk's office in the county where the divorces occurred has records before that period. Suppose you need the entire record, judgment, divorce decree, or other dissolution documents. In that case, you will also need to go to the county clerk, as the health department only provides abstract reports (of divorces earlier than sixty days). Requests for this document are without restrictions, meaning 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 below 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 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's wanted person search. Both show photos. There are also fugitive lists from the Marshall's office. The FDLE and DOC lists allow a search of the entire state at once by the person's name, not just from one county to another. The FDLE results show the offense of the person that's wanted in the profile details. The DOC absconder list has photos/mugshots of the offenders.
Florida Free Public Records Directory

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

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