The Florida arrest records contain the criminal history of specific individuals or the arrests and other related information in a specific period of time. The records contain only criminal history information with sealed information available only to specific agencies.
The department that handles the records and requests is the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). They also give out other records such as the expunged criminal history and records of juvenile delinquents or the juvenile criminal history. Expunged criminal history is only given to authorized agencies or individuals. For juvenile criminal records they can only be released if the offense can be considered as a felony if the juvenile was of age instead.
The records can be used for various purposes. Most people use them as a personal reference. Other uses them as a supporting document when trying to obtain other documentation such as licenses. In some counties in Florida, you need the record when applying for a license to own guns or even just a driver’s license. The record is also an important document needed for application of passports and visas. Companies may also use said records as documents to support background checks when hiring prospective employees or during investigations. There are different types of background checks pertaining to the records of arrests. The first one is Level 1 that refers to the name and employment history check. Level 2 produces a more detailed record of past offenses. Once the records are obtained, they can only be used and shared to same agencies. This means that if the records were obtained by district schools then only fellow district schools may use it, not another agency type.
Obtaining the records depend on who owns them and for what purpose. If you are obtaining a record for yourself there will be no problem as long as you can provide identification at the Florida department of labor enforcement. Companies requesting background checks may do so depending on the level. For level one background checks, they can just state the name or past employee history. For level two background checks, fingerprints may be needed.
Getting the records may cost you a bit. A standard check will cost about $24.50. That’s $8 for the state fee and $16.50 for the federal fee. Higher security clearances will cost a bit than the standard check. You may have to shell out $31.50 to get your records. Employment in high risk companies like healthcare have records that cost about $40.50. You may also obtain records at the VECHS or volunteer and employee criminal history and they have the corresponding fees. For employees the cost is $40.50. For volunteers the cost will be $33.50. You may also have your records rechecked or renewed but they will also cost the same amount as if you were just obtaining the records for the first time.
Police arrest records are dynamic and can change every day. This means that the record you obtained now may be obsolete by tomorrow as new arrests and other incidents may have been added. That’s why online searches of the records are essential so that you won’t be wasting time going to the FDLE.