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About Florida Open Public Record

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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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.

Ask Questions, About Florida

  • How do I find out if my wife has filed for divorce in Florida?
    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. (Staff)
  • How can I find out who owns a property, when they bought it, and its last owners in Florida? Also, how can I find out if the property has changed names in the last 2 years, with the same loan, but different owners with the same last name?
    Depends on the county, larger counties have better online public services to provide information (Miami-Dade for example). (Staff)
  • Are suicide police reports public records in Florida?
    There are several factors which affect whether you can obtain official police reports of suicides. Was the report of an attempt or is the person deceased? Is the case currently under investigation? Police reports are generally public record unless they've been sealed or still under an ongoing investigation. When a public record is denied, you will get a reply stating the reason for the request being turned down. (Staff)
  • How do I find out about public pool permits in Florida?
    Check with the Florida department of health, they have a web page for swimming pools and their permits. There's also contact information where the public may ask for help. (Staff)
  • How do I search a court record in Florida, by case number?
    Enter the case number in the court search form's "Keyword" box above (which searches both words and numbers). You do not need to enter the entire case number since it's a general keyword search. You can search as many times as needed as it's open to the public freely. It is a good preliminary search that helps when looking for case information. (Staff)