Broward County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Arrest Records

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office allows the public to request for incident reports and local arrest records through its Public Records Unit. The Sheriff’s Office accepts online requests submitted via its Public Records Online Portal. Its Public Records Unit is also open from Monday to Thursday between 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. To pick up these records in-person, visit the Records/Warrants Division window in the lobby of the Ron Cochran Public Safety Building where the Headquarters of the Broward Sheriff’s Office is located. Its address is 2601 W Broward Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312. The office provides electronic at no cost. To obtain paper copies incident report and local arrest records, the Sheriff’s Office charges 15 cents per page. Fees are payable by cash, check, and money order.

Crime statistics for Broward County is available from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). Their records show that there were 53,735 arrests in the county in 2017, the last year with a complete record. This represents a small drop of 2.4% compared to the arrest figure for the previous year. In 2017, there were 64,934 crimes in Broward County with 7,543 of them falling under violent crimes with the rest 57,391 incidents were property crimes.

A breakdown of crime data for Broward County shows that there were 95 murders, 579 rapes, 2,522 robberies, 4,347 aggravated assaults, 8,186 burglaries, 43,250 larcenies, and 5,955 motor vehicle thefts in 2017. Compared to 2016 figures, there were higher incidences of murder (17.3%), rape (3.6%), aggravated assault (3.6%), and motor vehicle theft (5.9%) in 2017. Robbery (7.1%), burglary (7.1%), and larceny (2.7%) rates declined.

Criminal Records

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is responsible for maintaining an up-to-date list of sex offenders in all the counties in the state. In accordance with its mandates, the FDLE makes this registry available and accessible on its website. The public can find sexual offenders and predators with the search tool on the website. Besides searching for sex offenders by name, users can also search for sex offenders resident in different neighborhoods of Broward County as well as those living around schools and college campuses.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office keeps a database of all inmates booked into the county’s jails. To locate an inmate, use the arrest search tool on the Sheriff’s Office’s website.

Court Records

The Broward County Clerk of Court maintains records for all the courts in the county. In compliance with The Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.420, the Clerk gives the public access to some of these records including case information, dockets, and indexes. The Clerk of Court offers electronic viewing of court records via its Public Case Search portal. This online database does not include documents for family, juvenile, and probate court cases.

The public can also request court records by email and in person. First, download the Court Records Request Form. Send the completed form to redactarchives@browardclerk.org. For in-person requests, bring the completed form to:

Archives Division,
201 SE 6th Street,
Room 03340
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Public Records

To apply for a marriage license in Broward County, start by printing the online pre-application form. Bring the completed form to any of the following locations:

Central Courthouse
540 SE 3rd Avenue
2nd Floor, Room 02460
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Monday to Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

North Regional Courthouse
1600 West Hillsboro Boulevard
Room 160
Deerfield Beach, FL 33443
Monday to Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

South Regional Courthouse
3550 Hollywood Boulevard
Room 160
Hollywood, FL 33021
Monday to Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

West Regional Courthouse
100 North Pine Island Road
Room 180
Plantation, FL 33324
Monday to Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

To search for a marriage license, use the marriage records search tool on the website of the Broward County Clerk of Court. The fee for obtaining a marriage license in Broward County is $86. Those that attend pre-marital classes from providers registered with and approved by the County Clerk pay a reduced fee of $61. The fee for a certified copy of issued marriage license is $3 while a duplicate license attracts a charge of $7 and the Clerk charges $1 for each photocopy of marriage licenses.

The Vital Statistics Department of the Florida Department of Health in Broward County is responsible for birth and death records for the county. To obtain one of these, download the Birth Certificate Application or Death Certificate Application. These are also available in Spanish (Birth and Death). Bring the completed form to any of these locations:

Operations Building
2421A S.W. 6th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 3315
(954) 467-4700
Monday – Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

South Regional Health Center
4105 Pembroke Road,
Hollywood, FL 33021
(954) 467-4700
Monday – Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Paul Hughes Health Center
205 NW 6th Avenue
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
(954) 467-4700
Monday – Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays

The Vital Statistics Office also accepts mail request. Send the completed form, required documents, and payment to:

Florida Department of Health in Broward County
Attn: Vital Statistics
780 SW 24 Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

Contact the Vital Statistics Office for fees by calling 954-467-4700 EXT: 5881.