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Broward County Sheriff's Office

BSO's Records/Warrants Division provides local (Broward County) background checks and copies of accident reports and event reports for incidents which occurred in an area of BSO jurisdiction.

If a report was taken by a law enforcement official from another agency (for example, City of Ft. Lauderdale or the Florida Highway Patrol), BSO will not have the records. You must contact the agency that took the report.

IMPORTANT: The division’s hours are Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The department will be closed Friday through Sunday.

You can access our records database online by clicking on the My Report link. Requests for records can also be made by emailing BSOpublicRecordsRequest@sheriff.org.

Need Help?

If you have questions or need more information regarding our services or fees, please call us at (954) 831-8700.

Access our records database online by visiting the "MyReport" link

Request a Record by Email

You may submit a public records request to BSOPublicRecordsRequest@sheriff.org. Event and accident reports that are requested by email will be emailed back to you with the exception of reports marked as Exempted or Confidential.

You must go to the Public Safety Building to request a background check or mail your request to the Broward Sheriff's Office

Your request will be processed and emailed to you. If the report you are requesting is marked as Exempted or Confidential; you will receive an email instructing you to contact the Records Division at 954-831-8700.

IMPORTANT: 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). Email the completed signed and notarized form with your request to BSOPublicRecordsRequest@sheriff.org. After 60 days, the form is not necessary and anyone may obtain a copy of the report.

Request a record by mail

To obtain reports or background checks by mail, send a letter to the Records Division with the information listed below and a self-addressed stamped envelope.

For background checks, you must include the following information on the individual for whom you are requesting the background check:

  • the full name
  • race
  • sex
  • date of birth

For copies of accident or event reports, you must include:

  • the case number (if available)
  • date, time and location of the event or accident
  • the name(s) of the person(s) involved.

IMPORTANT: 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). Mail the completed signed and notarized form with your letter of request to the address below. After 60 days, the form is not necessary and anyone may obtain a copy of the report.

IMPORTANT: You must include a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) with your request and a check for the fees required (credit or debit cards are not accepted). Do not send cash. After your report is processed, it will be mailed to you in the SASE you provide.

Mail your request to:

Broward Sheriff's Office – Records/Warrants Division
PO Box 9507
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33310

Request a record in person

Reports taken by deputies may take several days to reach the Records/Warrants Division. Before you make a trip to BSO, please call us at (954) 831-8700 to make sure we have the report on file.

To pick up a report in person, visit the Records/Warrants Division window in the lobby of the Public Safety Building, open Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The department will be closed Friday through Sunday. Bring cash or check for the feesrequired (credit or debit cards are not accepted). Reports are usually processed and delivered while you wait.

For background checks, you must include the following information on the individual for whom you are requesting the background check:

  • the full name
  • race
  • sex
  • date of birth

For copies of accident or event reports, you must include:

  • the case number (if available)
  • date, time and location of the event or accident
  • the name(s) of the person(s) involved.

IMPORTANT: 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). Mail the completed signed and notarized form with your letter of request to the address below. After 60 days, the form is not necessary and anyone may obtain a copy of the report.

A security screening (including passing through a metal detector and X-ray of hand-carried and other objects) is required to enter the Public Safety Building.

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 persosn, 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

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.

Report Fees

Payments must be made by cash, check or money order. BSO does not accept credit or debit cards. For copies of individual reports, the fee is $0.15 per page.

Reports are provided at no cost to law enforcement agencies, government agencies, and registered not-for-profit organizations.

If your request requires more than 15 minutes of research, the request is considered a “Special Project” and the fee is $25.00 per hour plus $0.15 per page.

Privacy and Restricted Information

By Florida statute, not all information contained in reports can be released to the public. Refer to Florida Statute 119 for more information.

  • In narcotics cases, all undercover law enforcement officers' names and identifying information must be redacted (blacked out).
  • In sex crime and sexual abuse cases, all victim information including name, address, telephone number, etc., must be redacted (blacked out). However, the victim may obtain a copy of the full non-redacted report.
  • Social Security numbers cannot be released in a report.
  • Personally-identifying information about law enforcement officers and their families including address, phone number, etc., cannot be released.
  • Traffic crash reports are confidential and prohibited from public review for sixty (60) days from the date the report was filed. However,reports are immediately available to the parties involved in the crash, their legal representatives, their licensed insurance agents, their insurers or insurers to which they have applied for coverage. If you wish to obtain an 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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