About Background Checks and Accident and Event Reports

Background checks are sometimes required for employment, housing, adoption, immigration and other personal reasons. Background checks include arrest records only and do not include traffic violations or other incidents which did not result in an arrest. According to Florida public record statutes, anyone may request a background check on another person, subject to certain privacy and restricted information laws.

The Broward Sheriff's Office only provides records for BSO's jurisdictions within Broward County. For information from other municipalities or counties, contact the appropriate agency. For a statewide record check, contact the Florida Department of Law Enforcement at (850) 410-8109, via e-mail at background@fdle.state.fl.us or by regular mail:

Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Statewide Background Checks
PO Box 1489
Tallahassee, FL 32302

FDLE's fee information is available at their web site.

Accident and event reports are available from BSO for incidents in which reports were taken by a BSO deputy, generally in a BSO jurisdiction. If a report was taken by a law enforcement officer from another agency (for example, City of Ft. Lauderdale or the Florida Highway Patrol), BSO will not have the records. Contact the appropriate agency for the information.

According to Florida public record statutes, anyone may request an accident or event report, subject to certain privacy and restricted information laws. If you wish to obtain a traffic accident report within 60 days of the incident, Florida law requires that you complete a Request for Traffic Crash Report Information Form indicating you are entitled to receive it (please review the form to make certain you are eligible). After 60 days, the form is not necessary and anyone may obtain a copy of the report.

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