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To request criminal history information, you may simply send a letter or print out, complete and mail the criminal history information request form (PDF) provided on this web site to:

Florida Department of Law Enforcement
User Services Bureau
Criminal History Services
PO Box 1489
Tallahassee FL 32302

Requesting Criminal Histories from FDLE

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), Division of Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS), is the central repository for criminal history information for the state of Florida. In addition to maintaining criminal history information, it is our responsibility to provide public access to this information when requested.

Criminal history information is a record of serious arrests in Florida. When you request criminal history information on an individual, your results will state whether the subject has or does not have a Florida criminal history record. If there is a record that may be for the individual searched, a copy of the criminal history record along with your request will be forwarded to you. Please be aware that, unless a fingerprint card is submitted and a fingerprint comparison performed, it is impossible for us to be sure if the record belongs to the individual you requested or if another individual has a similar name and identifiers. The accuracy of the information you provide is critical since we search our criminal history files based on your submission information.

If no possible record is found in our repository, your request will be stamped in red ink, "FDLE found NO Florida criminal history based on the information provided. No criminal record check was conducted for other states or for the FBI." Reasons why this may occur are as follows:

  • Subject has never been arrested or fingerprinted in Florida
  • Subject's Florida record is sealed or expunged
  • Subject's criminal fingerprint card was sent to FDLE but it contained a major error, has not been received by FDLE or not yet entered into repository
  • Arresting agency failed to submit criminal fingerprint card to FDLE
  • Subject's criminal fingerprint card was sent to the FBI but not to FDLE
    (Arrests prior to 1983, two fingerprint cards were supposed to be submitted from local criminal justice agencies; one to the FBI and the other to FDLE)
  • Subject was arrested as a juvenile before 10/1/94 or as a juvenile but for an arrest FDLE is not authorized to provide
  • Subject was arrested by a Federal agency or in a state other than Florida
    (NCIC rules do not allow dissemination of national or other state criminal history information for public record/non-criminal justice purposes)

The cost for criminal history information is $24.00 per request and is non-refundable. Make check or money order payable to Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

To request criminal history information, you may simply send a letter or print out, complete and mail the criminal history information request form (PDF) provided on this web site to:

Florida Department of Law Enforcement
User Services Bureau
Criminal History Services
PO Box 1489
Tallahassee FL 32302

Please include in your request a return address and the individual's name, any known aliases, date of birth or approximate age(s), race, sex and if available social security number and last known address. Your check or money order for $24.00 per individual should accompany your request. This process takes approximately five business days excluding postal delivery time.

If you have any questions regarding the above information or if we can be of further assistance, please contact the Criminal History Services Section at (850) 410-8109. Our office hours are 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. EST Monday - Friday (excluding holidays).