Bond

Charge(s) & Bond Information

Informationn about an arrestee's charge(s) and bond is available online through our BSO Arrest Search.

You can also call (954) 831-5900 or visit the information window, which is open 24-hours-a-day, located in the lobby of BSO's Main Jail.

  1. Post a CASH BOND through any of the following methods:

    1. In person at the Main Jail Facility located at 555 S.E, 1st Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301. No personal checks or personal money orders will be accepted.

      No service fees to post the cash bond in person will apply.

    2. In person at a Western Union Agent location or by calling 1-800-634-3422 or online at www.westernunion.com.

      Make sure you include the following information when completing the Blue Quick Collect Send Form:

      Pay to: Sheriff of Broward County
      Code City / State: COPS/FL
      Account Number: Enter the Arrest/CIS number and Inmate Last/First Name.

      A service fee will apply.

    3. Via credit or debit card using the following options:

      1. Online at www.GovPayNow.com

        Make sure to have the inmate's information ready before proceeding to www.GovPayNow.com. This information is available through our Arrest Inquiry Database on the Sheriff's Office website.

        • The defendant's name

        • The defendant's Arrest/CIS number

        • The Date of Birth (Optional)

        A service fee will apply.

      2. By phone at 1-877-EZBAIL5 (1-877-392-2455)

        A service fee will apply.

  2. Post a SURETY BOND through a licensed surety bond agent ("bondsman"). Most often, a bondsman will charge a percentage of the bond as a fee for posting the bond. A list of local bondsmen is available in your local directory and is also posted in the Visitor's Lobby of the Main Jail.

How do I get a refund for a Cash Bond:

Cash Bonds are refundable upon completion of the case, a Disposition Order is issued by the court or thirty six (36) months from the date of the Bond, which ever comes first.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR OBTAINING A BOND REFUND

AS PER FL. STATUTE 903.31, BONDS EXPIRE AFTER 36 MONTHS OF THE POSTING DATE

THE MONEY FOR THE BOND WILL BE REFUNDED ONLY TO THE DEPOSITOR, unless it is formally assigned to another person.

In order to obtain a bond refund, the Cash Bond office requires the following documentation:

  1. The Original blue bond receipt or a certified copy. (If a certified copy is being used, a lost bond form must be filled out and attached)

  2. The Original or Certified Copy of the court disposition obtained from the Clerk in the courtroom.

    This form describes the outcome of the case, including any fines and court costs which the defendant may be assessed. Certified copies of court dispositions are also accepted.

  3. A picture identification such as:

    A current Driver's License
    Passport
    State Identification.

If assigning the bond to another person, the Broward Sheriff's Office Assignment form is obtainable at the Cash Bond Unit. The form must be signed by the depositor, in the presence of a Notary Public.


Certified copies of Bond Receipt and Court dispositions may be obtained from the Clerk of the Court's office at 201 South East 6 Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301.

Room 130 for Traffic & Misdemeanors
Room 160 for Felonies

Cash Bond hours are daily from (6:30 A.M. to 10:30 P.M.)
Cash Bond Unit phone number is 954-831-5929.

FOR ALL REFUNDS, A CHECK WILL BE MAILED WITHIN 2-3 BUSINESS DAYS AFTER YOU PRESENT YOUR PAPERWORK

Will I receive the full amount of the cash bond when it is refunded?

F.S. 903.286 requires the Clerk of the Court to withhold from the return of a cash bond posted on behalf of a criminal defendant by a person other than a bail bond agent, sufficient funds to pay any unpaid court fees, court costs, and criminal penalties. This means that if the defendant for whom you are posting bond owes costs and penalties, those fees will be taken out of the bond money you posted. You may receive only a portion or none of the posted bond money even though the defendant makes all timely court appearances.

F.S. 903.26(2)(b) states that if a defendant fails to appear at the time, date and place of required appearance, the bond money will be forfeited.


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