Florida Public Records
The Florida open government Sunshine Laws, passed in 1967 and 1995, are the most expansive of all the U.S. States. They grant public access to all state, county, and municipal records. Public records can be papers, documents, letters, books, maps, tapes, sound recordings, photographs, etc., made or received by any agency in the course of official business. Exceptions apply to records relating to active investigations, personal privacy, and state or agency security.
At the lower part of this page you will see statewide resources that we have found useful in Florida. To see resources at other levels, such as county or city governments, use the menus on the left side of your screen.
- Court System - The Florida court system has four levels. At the first level are the County Courts, which handle misdemeanors, traffic violations, small claims under $5,000, & civil cases under $15,000. At the second are the Circuit Courts, which handle felonies, family law cases, civil cases over $15,000, probate, guardianship, & mental health cases, juvenile cases, and appeals from County Court. At the third are the District Courts of Appeal, which review decisions from lower courts. At the top level is the Supreme Court, which reviews decisions from lower courts, death penalty cases, public utility cases, and constitutional questions. Florida Court Records
- Criminal Records - Except for sealed, juvenile, and expunged records, criminal conviction records are available in all Florida counties. Registered offender records are available statewide. To access these databases, visit our Florida Criminal Records page.
- Vital Records – Vital Records are available from: Florida Office of Vital Statistics, Department of Health, PO Box 210, 1217 Pearl Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32231, (904) 359-6900 Ext. 1029. Go to our Vital Records page for limited Florida births from 1880 to 1935; the Social Security Death Index for Florida, the state death record database, probate documents, and various genealogical death record databases; statewide marriage records database, genealogical marriage databases and county marriage databases; and find available county court divorce record databases.
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|Child Support Payment Histories |
Search this myfloridacounty.com database for child support payment histories in Florida. Search by county and depository number on court order or by uniform case number.
|Company Searches |
We consider this one of, if not the best business registry resources from any state. Provided by Florida Department of State Division of Corporations, they provide you with a wide range of methods that you may use to search for Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Limited Partnerships, Trademarks, Fictitious Names, General Partnerships, and Limited Liability Partnerships. Easy to use and informative, they even provide you the opportunity to download images of filed documents-- for free.
|Criminal Records Pay Site|
Do a criminal background search statewide in Florida for $9.95 or search over 450 million records nationwide for only $14.95. Florida records include: county felony, misdemeanor and traffic record; Department of Corrections convictions and guilty pleas; and the Florida registered offender registry.
|Criminal Records | Wanted & Warrants |
This is the Florida Crime Information Center Public Access System Wanted Persons database, searchable by name, nickname, race, gender, date of birth, or age.
|Drivers License Status |
Use this Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles service to check the status of a Florida drivers license.
|Employee Directory |
Search the Florida State Employee register by Employee name and optionally by department or agency.
|Inmates & Offenders |
Florida Department of Corrections Inmates & Offenders. In addition to current inmates and offenders, this includes offenders who have been released, deported, pardoned, moved to another state, died, or are listed as absconders or fugitives.
|Inmates & Offenders | Career |
This is the Florida Department of Law Enforcement database of career offenders, searchable by name, region, county, city, zip code, or address.
|Inmates & Offenders | Death Row |
Department of Corrections Death Row roster. Provides name, crime, dates, descriptions, aliases, and the prison sentence and incarceration histories.
|Inmates & Offenders | Escaped |
Apparently there are so many escaped prisoners in Florida that they get their own database, searchable by name, description, date of escape, criminal history, or county of commitment or escape.
|Inmates & Offenders | Executions |
Executions performed since 1924 in Florida, including inmate name, race/gender, number of warrants, years on death row, and dates of birth, offense, sentenced, received and executed.
|Inmates & Offenders | Fugitives & Absconders |
Department of Corrections database of absconders and fugitives, searchable by name, description, offense, category, or location (we're assuming that they mean the last known location). Most are fugitives from probation.
|Inmates & Offenders | Releases |
This is the Florida Corrections Department database of inmate release information. One of the nice features is that it doesn't require a name in order to do a search. For example, you can limit your search to an offense and facility or county, and then get a list of all inmates that match your query.
|Inmates & Offenders | Supervised Population |
This is the Department of Corrections current and active Supervised Population database. Included are current inmates, offenders on conditional release and pardons, controlled release, probation, community control, provisional release, and registered offenders on probation or under community control.
|Liens & Judgments |
These are Division of Corporations databases of judgment and tax liens. Scroll down the page to "Judgment Liens" and "Federal Lien Registrations" where you may search by debtor name or document number. Copies of the liens are available online for free.
|Official Portal of the State of Florida |
Find government jobs, state employees, research topics relating to Florida government, find your legislator or a government office, or use the Official Portal to access a huge range of government services.
|Photographs from the Past |
This is a cool service from the Florida Memory project. Search for digitized photographs from the State Archives by keyword, phrase, year, or date range.
|Recorded Documents |
Search for Florida recorded documents for listed counties by county, party name, location, document type, start/end dates, instrument number and book/page to view corresponding information.
|Registered Offenders & Predators |
Search Florida Department of Law Enforcement records for registered Florida Offenders and predators. Search options include: a standard search by name and location; a neighborhood search; and a search by email or instant message name.
|Traffic Accidents |
Search this Florida Highway Patrol database to see live information about accidents in that area.
|Unclaimed Property |
Use this Florida Department of Financial Services feature to search by name and city (optional) for unclaimed property in Florida. Provides account number, name, address, type, claim form, and claim instructions.
|Uniform Commercial Code |
Search the Florida Secured Transaction registry for UCC filings by name or document number. This is a well-designed easy-to-use service that provides searches and document copies at no charge.
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|Campaign Finance |
Florida Division of Elections campaign contribution databases. Search for contribution records, expenditure records, fund transfers, or other distributions. These are amazingly useful databases-- not just for find out where the money is going and who is getting it, but it also gives you an inside look into campaign and contributor finances that you wouldn't normally find.
|Company Searches | Receivership |
Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Rehabilitation and Liquidation database. Search by name for companies that are in receivership and are closed, in liquidation, or in rehabilitation.
|Court Records | PACER U.S. District Courts Pay Site|
Go to our Florida Regional section to choose a Florida PACER U.S. District Court and search Federal civil, criminal, and bankruptcy court records. Registration with PACER and a small fee per search is required.
|Court Records | State and County Courts |
Go here to search Florida Court records, opinions, and dockets for the Florida Supreme and Appeals Courts, as well as county civil, criminal, traffic probate, and family court records.
|Criminal Histories |
Use this Florida Department of Law Enforcement service to search for Florida criminal histories. Fee is $24.00 per search.
|Eviction Records | Tenant Screening Pay Site|
Use Search Systems Eviction Records as part of your tenant screening. Search statewide in Florida for eviction records by tenant name (individual or business) for just $5 per search. Narrow results by city for common name searches.
|Find People |
Find people, addresses and phone numbers in Florida. Free summary of names. Fee for detailed reports.
|Jobs Database |
This is the State of Florida jobs database for state government employment. Click on "View All Jobs" to see all vacancies listed by category, or use the "Search Criteria" button to create a search by keyword, category, occupation, and region or county.
|Laws, Statutes, State Constitution |
You have three options here. You may query the most recent or previous year statutes by keyword and chapter, search for laws enacted in a given year, or click on "Florida Constitution" to view the state constitution organized by article and section.
|Licenses | Professional, Medical & Business |
Search for and verify the status of professional and business licenses in Florida, including attorneys, physicians, pharmacists, dentists, CPAs, nurses, real estate brokers and sales persons, speech-language pathologists, and more.
|Liens, Judgments, Bankruptcies Pay Site|
If you're only looking for Florida judgments and liens, use the Florida lien and judgment databases-- they're free and you get copies of documents. But if you want to search liens, judgments, and bankruptcies together-- either statewide or nationwide, we offer this option at $5 per search.
Database of Florida Lobbyists from the State Legislature. Included are legislative lobbyists and lobbying firms, executive lobbyists and firms, and compensation reports organized by firm. Very interesting information-- it will tell you who is lobbying for whom and how much they get paid.
|Maps & Surveys |
Use these Florida Department of Environmental Protection databases to search for interactive survey, land record, and water boundary maps. Includes digital orthophoto imagery, raster graphics, line graphics, and elevation models.
|Missing Children | MissingKids |
This is a service of MissingKids.com and lists name, photograph, and description of missing Florida children. The source is the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
|Missing Persons |
Florida Crime Information Center database of missing persons. The information comes from the missing person reports from Florida law enforcement agencies.
|Missing Persons & Children | Endangered |
Florida Department of Law Enforcement Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse. Category of persons included here are endangered persons and children, runaways, disabled, disaster victims, and unidentified or unknown persons. Also available are amber alerts, current missing child alerts, unsolved missing alerts, and "silver" alerts for older persons.
|Most Wanted | Highway Patrol |
This is the Florida Highway Patrol list of vehicle-related most wanted fugitives. The FHP provides a name and photo, and more importantly a brief history of the case and contact information for the investigator.
|Restaurant Disciplinary Activity Reports |
Browse this listing of Florida restaurant disciplinary reports by month/year to view case #, license #, business name, address, items, fine and date of compliance.
Browse by county for Florida Sheriff's Association member information.
|Spanish Land Grants |
The first portion of an extensive series of Spanish land grant claims related to the territory that Spain ceded to the United States in 1821.
|Stolen Property | Vehicles, Boats, Plates, Parts, Guns, Decals, Appliances |
These are the Crime Information Center Public Access System (PAS) databases, including stolen vehicles, vehicle parts, license plates, license decals, boat parts, boat decals, guns, and "stolen articles" (appliances, TVs, stereos, etc.).
|Supreme Court Opinions |
Browse by docket number for Florida Supreme Court opinions from starting September 1985.
|Trademarks | Owner Name |
This is a service from the Department of State Division of Corporations. Find trademarks by owner name and view filing information (document number, date, etc.), owner name, type of filing, and free downloadable images of filed documents in pdf format.
|Trademarks | Trademark Name |
Similar to the Trademark Owner name search, query the Department of Corporations database for trademarks by trademark name. Provides status, filing information, owners, type and class, and document images.
|Traffic Tickets |
Search MyFloridaCounty.com and pay your Florida Traffic Tickets online. Search by at least two of the following: citation number, license number, or date of birth.
|Unsolved Homicides |
Browse by name and photo for Unsolved Homicides in Florida. Provides case details of selected unsolved murder cases and law enforcement contact numbers.
|Workers' Compensation |
The Florida Department of Financial Services Workers' Compensation databases, including claim administrators, proof of coverage claims, employer construction policy tracking database (requires ID), existing non-compliance referrals, medical providers, workers' comp claims, policies, employer loss runs, claims data statistical reports, compliance stop-work orders, and the claims EDI data warehouse database which requires an ID.