Florida Public Records Questions and Answers (FAQ)

Florida Public Records Questions and Answers (FAQ)
  • Where can I find what happened on my street a couple of nights ago in Florida?
    Check crime mapping. It may cover your area/police department. There are press releases from independent law enforcement departments, and crime mapping will let you zero in and check out the area's arrests.
  • Where can I find in Florida records my daughter's child case in 2009 when her boyfriend went to jail for child abuse after breaking their son's femur, and now he wants unsupervised custody, 6 1/2 years later?
    Contact the court clerk in the county where the accident occurred, and the bf was found guilty.
  • Where can I find in Florida, malpractice information on doctors?
    The Florida board of medicine has a webpage that explains whether they provide discipline information on healthcare practitioners and facilities. You will find this question and answer on their public information webpage. Go to the Florida board of medicine's webpage; under their search box on the top right is a link to FAQs that will take you to the help center page; click on Public Information FAQs link, and the first question and answer will tell you what the board covers as far as disciplinary actions.
  • Where can I find in Florida, my conviction?
    Act as if you are filing the eviction; the courts lay out what you need to do, where they are filed, and what happens after that. The landlord files many suits in evictions in their local courts.
  • Where do I find in Florida, bankruptcy court records?
    Look at the search above. The coverage goes back to 2014, and you can view bankruptcy information freely.
  • Where can I in find Florida if I have a DUI?
    There are a few ways to look up a DUI, especially if you know where to look. If the arrest went to trial, that court's records department/clerk's office should have the filing. You may even request them online from the court's web pages.
  • Where can I obtain a copy of an accident report occurring in Florida in 1991?
    Accident reports are generally from individual police departments, including the Florida Highway Patrol, per section 316.066 of the Florida Statutes. Contact the FHP station nearest the incident/accident if you don't have the crash report number. You can request the report online, starting by searching Florida-highway-patrol traffic-crash-reports.
  • How do I locate a Doctor in Florida?
    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: license information, secondary locations, disciplinary actions, subordinate practitioners, and practitioner profile. The practitioner's profile shows the doctor's primary practice address, Medicaid (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 retired, deceased physicians, and others whose license status is currently null and void, voluntarily relinquished, held, and clear and active. You can still see the addresses of the physicians who have retired, lost their licenses, are on hold, and have other inactive statuses.
  • Where can I retrieve someone's death certificate if they died in Florida but were buried in North Carolina?
    Generally, the event of the death needs to be recorded with the local health department within a certain period, about three days or more. The state also has to get the death notice within a certain period. This makes me think of Florida!
  • How can I find in Florida how I can get completely free records on myself?
    It's easier to look up records of yourself since much of the privacy laws will not be a factor. You can also see how easy it is to find information about yourself. To find records, many of them free, they will need to be found or dug up. Another advantage you have over looking for records of another is that you know where to look and do not have to rely on a list of past addresses. If you're looking to start with free records, which I recommended since you have little to lose other than time, try the free case search on this page (under Recent divorce records, court criminal actions, civil lawsuits, and bankruptcy filings.) The county court website offers free online open public searches for another court filing, which are also accessible to the public depending on the area. The Orange county clerk's webpage is a good example; all you need is the last name; I was able to view criminal cases from traffic to felonies. The results for this one are detailed, showing offenses, hearings, notices, motions, and more. If you find a case using the court search mentioned below, there is an option for Recent divorce records, court criminal actions, civil lawsuits, and bankruptcy filings. To receive updates when something new happens (filing, motions, notices, etc...) with that case (this is also free). Good luck; if you're having trouble finding specific records, you'll have to be more specific about which record and where so that others can help.
  • How in Florida do you attain a certified death certificate?
    You can either go to the state's Bureau of Vital Statistics (Florida Department of Health), there are a few ways of requesting them.
  • Where can I find out if a person owns property in Florida?
    Individual county property appraisers across Florida offer property searches. The Florida Department of Revenue has a list of county appraisers and links to them. That way, you know it will be the official county site. You will then have web access to property records by address, parcel number, map, or sales.
  • 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.
  • How can I find reports of recent car accidents between Bradenton and Wesley Chapel in Florida?
    You can look up incidents, including DUI, by using crime mapping. The city police or county sheriffs release reports of incidents regularly and are, after that, published by private sites. The search can be narrowed to only show accidents, fatalities, and so on.
  • How do I find out a court date for someone in Florida?
    Court calendars are online and open to public view. Some courts provide online services, and others that have much less. If you mention which county, someone can be more specific and where or which site to visit.
  • How can I find someone arrested for a home invasion in Florida?
    If it's a county crime, then the arrest would be by the department that patrols that particular area. If an incident report is made, the responding department's site will tell you how to request them; you can sometimes get them online.
  • 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 an excellent preliminary search that helps when looking for case information.
  • Are suicide police reports public records in Florida?
    Several factors 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 records unless they've been sealed or are still under an ongoing investigation. When a public record is denied, you will get a reply stating why the request was turned down.
  • 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 over the previous two years, with the same loan but different owners with the same last name?
    Depending on the county, larger counties have better online public services to provide information (Miami-Dade, for example).
  • 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 below will land on the state's courts page. Click on the Resources and Services tab, then Family Courts. The information includes family court basics, jurisdictions, process maps, and forms that contain instructions for Florida family law rules and procedures.
  • Where can I find in Florida, my arrest records from 1986?
    Local police departments in Florida provide arrest records or incident reports for a small fee. Non-certified copies cost less, around fifteen cents per page. You have to be involved in obtaining the report and becoming available seven to ten days after the incident if the arresting department was in Miami. Other jurisdictions may have different policies.
  • Where can I find in Florida access to and copies of an arrest from 2006?
    Where did the arrest occur? Most of them happen at the city or county level of law enforcement. Arrest reports can be obtained from the police department's records division. However, you can still get information from weekly arrest reports in old periodicals/news. Was the arrest noteworthy enough to make it into the news? Was there ever a case that came out of it? Court filings are public records and open to being requested. Are you related to the point? Persons related to the patient can request arrest reports by following the process of that particular agency's records division.
  • How to know if someone is in the process of divorce?
    Divorces can be found by searching online court records in individual Circuit courts. Circuit courts in Florida have general jurisdiction over cases, including divorces. There's a free case search webpage for courts individually, but maybe not all; the ones that were easy to find were in Hillsborough, Orange, Broward, Lee, Escambia, and a few others. There are more that cover Florida's 67 counties and 20 circuit courts. When looking for records, mostly with free ones, you will need to look for the database before searching it. These sites/databases are not marketed for maximum exposure online but to make some public services available on the net.
  • Where can I find accident reports?
    In which county did the accident happen? You can get a copy of an accident report from the police agency that took the information. Individual police departments have their websites where you can look up how to make requests from their records division. There may be other sources, however, such as the insurance company that can have a copy and may be able to provide one to you.
  • Where can I find out if someone is on probation in Florida?
    The state of Florida's Department of Corrections offers a Supervised Population Information search. You can do an instant online query.
  • Where can I find access to a property owner in Florida when I only know the street address?
    The ease of gathering information online has made a novice investigator out of web users. When starting, chances are you will see a good amount of information, some unexpected. Enter a name or address in your search engine; it will do just that based on the right keywords. One of the most common searches is for property ownership information and the current value. You will find looking up property values to be much easier, as many companies in the real estate industry will provide it freely. The name of the property owner is a different matter. It is considered a public record, so what is the problem? With technological advancements, access to recorded documents should be easy, especially when the valuations are made accessible online. The reason is privacy protections; a significant contributor is protection from identity theft and other unintended fraudulent consequences. So what does an individual do when running into the problem of privacy policies being in the way of getting public records? After all, you have a right to these records by law. The difference between policy and laws for free access to public records. The laws for obtaining property records are clear. There isn't much debate on whether deeds should be available to the public. However, departments in charge of deeds can set policies as long as it does not violate laws. The freedom of information statutes from state to state can also affect availability. Some state laws are geared toward more transparency than others. This also means that there is no blanket answer to cover all agencies; each has policies that must be followed. Even counties bordering each other can have vastly different procedures. How do you find out about getting the information under an address? Today, nearly all county offices have websites in one form or another. While it is making things easier for the department, it is also doing the same for the individual searching. It is more challenging in some states, such as California, New York, and others. The law guaranteeing access to public records does not provide for its ease of retrieval or costs as long as it is not unjustly prohibitive. You can begin with government websites dealing with deeds and recorded documents. Private entities request much of their data from public entities for their use or resell, meaning that government sources are generally the source of all information you seek.
  • Where can I find in Florida, the title of my mobile home?
    Which county are you in? Individual counties have tax collectors, and Lake county requires registration and has a webpage that spells out what to do. There's a difference between the different types, whether it is permanently affixed to the land.
  • Where can I find access to the Driver And Vehicle Information Database (DAVID) in Florida to ascertain if someone has checked on me through the DAVID webpage?
    You can check the qualifications to obtain driver's records in Florida. You can access a pdf form online from the Driver And Vehicle Information Database (DAVID) webpage. The form is titled: Data Access Driver's Privacy Protection (DPPA) form. On the back of the form (scroll down if viewing the form online), you will see the exemptions. The exemptions are not solely based on which persons or entities can obtain driver records' data but on instances when the record is requested for legitimate purposes, such as crashes/incidents.
  • Where can I find a Florida landowner in 1975?
    In Florida, the county appraiser's site/information will say where and how you can search and if it is available online. Orange county Florida has a free search that shows property information under the owner's name, property address, parcel ID, or property name. You can see the land value, unit price, property owner information, floor plan, and property description.
  • Where can I find in Florida, divorce records from 1982?
    The Florida Department of Health's vital statistics office provides divorce records starting from 1927. This searches the entire state; however, if you need more information than just the evidence of the divorce or is not enough for whatever purpose, you will have to reach the court clerk of the county where the divorce occurred. The health department's website claims no restrictions to searching and obtaining divorce certifications; however, a fee is imposed for each search.
  • Where can I find in Florida if my brother is incarcerated?
    The Florida Department of Corrections offers a free public search of their inmates. The list includes inmates incarcerated in the state prison system post convictions. The search results do not include recently arrested persons in the custody of local police/sheriff's jails in Florida. Local police departments can have their own arrest log/inmate list, which is also free to search. The state corrections site looks up facilities throughout Florida. You will be able to see the inmate's DC number, description, initial receipt date, current facility, custody type, release date, aliases, past custody history, offenses, date of violations, sentence date, county, case numbers, and sentence length.
  • Where can I find, in Florida, free copies of bankruptcy liens and court judgment records?
    You can search by name, case number, or date in the search above. Check whether the case you are looking for falls under the search coverage, as within the dates, or which courts are covered. The database is a collection of published records; note that not all cases are guaranteed to be published.
  • Where can I find in Florida if I have a case number if that person is in jail or not?
    If you have a case number, you probably have the area where the arrest happened. After that, you can look up the police department's web pages for their inmate/custody list. If you can not find the arrest or custody list in the city police department, the county sheriffs may have it. The Florida department of corrections has an open public search for people in jail throughout state facilities; you can find it under Florida and inmates. Police and sheriff's departments offer services online for inmate accounts, contact, and other purposes, so many will have an online inmate search.
  • Where can I find contact information in Florida and the location of my grandson, Onyx?
    This open public record site helps you find where and how to get what you are looking for. It does not provide records; all feeds are from externally produced data. The source of many records is public agencies, whether by county, city or state, or even federal. Looking up names and addresses does not always follow the same path or method, and some are much easier than others and will take more effort, maybe even luck. When you do an address search, mark down all the relatives, you should make a note of all related information as it can be helpful later on. Any info is useful, even the place of birth or, even more important, the date of birth.
  • Where can I find in Florida where an offender's jail is located?
    Which county would the person be in? Various areas have their own 'in custody' or 'jail' lists. If it is in state custody, you can use the 'Corrections Offender Network' search.
  • Where can I find in Florida access to a violation of parole arrest on December 17th, 2014?
    You will have better luck narrowing your search to where the arrests occurred. Arrest logs and reports can be found at the individual city or county police departments since they usually make the arrests. There are several ways to narrow the search to a city; crime mapping is one method. Arrests for federal offenses are treated differently, they're usually in a hold period if picked up by local law enforcement.
  • Where can I find in Florida the location of inmates arrested in 1988?
    The bureau of prisons provides information going back to 1982. The bureau of prisons searches federal inmates only; nonfederal inmates are under other separate prison systems. Fortunately, inmate searches are generally free and instant, which is a plus since having to search each prison/jail individually.
  • Where can I find in Florida, information concerning a lien?
    If you know what mortgage/broker has the deed instead of the purchase, it should be documented on the actual document. If you have any issues, the county courthouse must keep all these records, including most of the concerns on this website. If a lien agreement has been fulfilled and is considered void, you should have documentation and a free and clear deed/title.
  • Where can I find in Florida who has escaped from prison?
    The state of Florida's law enforcement department makes escaped convicts, also called absconders, public. The search includes escapees since January 1991 who have outstanding warrants. The Florida department of corrections has a webpage that will show escapees and those who have been arrested/captured. The page is titled 'Inmate Escape Information List'; you can go to another page that will search under several criteria. A specific database can be chosen under absconders and fugitives. This link http://www.dc.state.fl.us/OffenderSearch/Search.aspxwill take you to the Florida Department of Corrections; select the first database, "Search All Corrections Offender Databases," you will then land on the search page. Under "DC Criminal History - Offense Category," there will be a drop-down menu of offense descriptions; the fifth is escape. The next part confuses people since the results don't simply appear; instead, only a single line link that says "Inmate Release Search Results [Open in New Window]" may appear, click on that, and you will see a list of results showing the inmate release information detail, including the mug shot/photo. These people have been charged with escape, or their case involves it. You can see a list of escaped inmates on the same site by choosing "Inmate Escape Information List" instead of using "Search All Corrections Offender Databases." By clicking on the "Inmate Escape Information List," you will be taken to a search query page similar to the last search. From there, you can leave the fields blank and get the full list; at this time, there are 13, so it is not a long enough list to conduct a name search, especially if you're not sure of the name's spelling. This is a list of inmates who have escaped since January 1990.
  • Where can I find in Florida, information on automobile accidents?
    You can look up the information online through Florida's integrated report exchange system. Below are the 2015 numbers statewide. Total Crashes: 151,058, Injury Crashes: 65,338, Real Injuries: 99,197, Crashes with Traffic Fatalities: 951, Total Traffic Fatalities: 1,034, Commercial Vehicle Crashes: 15,458. You can also look up the information by county or agency. There's more data on pedestrians, bicycle fatalities, and property damage.
  • Where can I find a certified copy of a death certificate in Florida?
    The Bureau of Vital Statistics provides death certificates; the link below says death certificates will take you there. You can order death certificates or any vital records online; there are instructions on how to request a certified copy.
  • Where can I find Florida birth records from February 3, 1965?
    Birth records can be ordered directly from the Florida Department of Health. Some of their records go back as far as 1927
  • Where can I find the owner's free license plate contact information in Florida?
    See if license plate information is a public record. Records can have qualifications and exemptions. Each state has its own guidelines. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has a license plate search but requires a fee of 50 cents for a computer printout of the current vehicle record. You can also obtain certified copies.
  • Where can I find in Florida when someone's court day is?
    Courts offer online calendars open to public view. Which court? Most cases are at the county level, not the state level.