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The government-channel resource for Criminal History information is the Division of Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS), a section of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). It maintains all reports on criminal cases that are filed in Florida. By law, Florida Arrest Records are public records so no signed release or authorization is required to access them except for those that have been sealed or expunged by the courts. Official FDLE forms must be used and procedures and fees apply. Trial dates, convictions, settlements, and sentencing are some of the standard information it holds.
Members of the public are entitled to run name-based searches for criminal records. A non-refundable fee of $24 per name is payable upon each request. Fingerprint-based lookups where accuracy is of significance can be conducted such as in employment background check, volunteer screening or Law Enforcement. The FDLE employs the Computerized Criminal History System (CCH) to keep accounts of all arrests made irrespective of their outcome.
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Florida Department of Law Enforcement contact info.
331 Philips Road
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Telephone: (850) 410-7000
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the US Department of Justice are procedurally notified of all arrests made in Florida by the FDLE but Florida residents cannot just tap into their database for searches beyond their own state. For that, a commercial records provider with a nationwide databank network would be the answer. Try out this one.