Duval County Arrest, Court, and Public Records
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is a joint law enforcement agency serving the City of Jacksonville and Duval County of Florida. The Records Unit of the Sheriff’s Office provides local background checks for the county and city. To request a background check in person, visit the Records Unit located at the Police Memorial Building at 501 E. Bay Street. The office opens from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The Sheriff’s Office charges 15 cents per page for copies of arrest reports. Double-sided pages attract a charge of 20 cents. It also offers fingerprinting service for the public at its office. This costs $5 per set per card.
Crime statistics for Duval County is available on the website of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). Its figures show that there were 28,081 total arrests in the county in 2017, the last year with a complete record. This represents a 2.5% decline in arrest rate compared to the previous year. There were also 39,633 crimes reported in Duval County in 2017. Out of these, violent crimes accounted for 5,925 while 33,708 were property crimes.
A breakdown of FDLE crime data for Duval County shows that there were 112 murders, 581 rapes, 1,425 robberies, 3,807 aggravated assaults, 5,929 burglaries, 24,636 larcenies, and 3,143 motor vehicle thefts in 2017. Compared to the data for 2016, these figures show that robbery (6.4%), burglary (3.8%), and motor vehicle theft (2.3%) rates declined while murder (5.7%), rape (7.6%), aggravated assault (6.2%), and larceny (0.7%) rates increased.
Link for crime data: http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/FSAC/UCR/2017/Counties/Duval17.aspx
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement maintains and updates a database containing public record information about sexual offenders and predators for the state. This registry is available to the public and hosted on FDLE website. The public can use the built-in search tool to find specific sex offenders in the registry. There are also provisions for neighborhood searches for sex offenders as well as finding those living around schools and college campuses.
The Department of Corrections of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office provides an inmate locator tool on its website. With this search, anyone can find the location of specific inmates as well as information about their bookings.
The Duval County Clerk of Courts maintains all court records for the county and makes them publicly available online. The County Clerk keeps two types of court records on two different online access portals. The Core ePortal provides records of cases tried in the county’s civil, criminal, probate, and traffic courts. The Acclaim ePortal provides access to official records recorded under the law. These include deeds, liens, mortgages, and judgments.
Before accessing both the Core and Acclaim portal, visitors have to register and then sign in to gain full access to non-confidential court records. Anonymous users have restricted access and cannot view most cases tried in the county’s probate and family law courts.
The Office of Vital Statistics of the Florida Department of Health issues birth and death certificates for Duval County. To obtain one of these, download the Birth Certificate Application or Death Certification Application as appropriate. Bring the completed application to the Office of Vital Statistics located at:
900 University Boulevard N.
The office opens from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Alternatively, mail the completed application to:
Office of Vital Statistics
Florida Department of Health in Duval County
900 University Blvd. N.
Jacksonville, FL 32211
The Office of Vital Statistics also allows the public to order birth and death certificates via phone. To do so, call VitalChek at (877) 297-9125. Each copy of birth or death certificates costs $15. Requesters also have to pay $10 for each additional copy of the same certificate ordered at the same time. Mail requests should include a certified mail fee of $5.54. The Office of Vital Statistics accepts cash, cashier’s check, money order, and credit card (except American Express) for in-person requests. Phone orders are payable by credit card while the fees for mail requests are payable by money order and cashier’s check.
The Office of Vital Statistics allows the public to order marriage licenses and divorce reports by mail. First, download an Application for Dissolution of Marriage or Application for Marriage Certificate Form. Send the completed form to:
Bureau of Vital Statistics
Attn: Vital Records Section
P.O. Box 210
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042
Include the appropriate fees as check or money made payable to the “Bureau of Vital Statistics”. The fee for a copy of a certified marriage record or divorce report is $5 while each additional certified copy of the same record attracts a charge of $4. The Bureau of Vital Statistics charges $2 for each additional year searched while pulling records. Rush orders have an extra $10 fee.
Note that the Bureau of Vital Statistics only has marriage licenses and divorce reports issued from June 6, 1927 to the present. Records for marriage licenses and divorce reports issued prior to this date are obtainable from Duval County’s Court Clerk.
Location of all courts in Duval County
Circuit Court Clerk
2.5 (19) · Courthouse
Jacksonville Chief Judge
3.0 (3) · District Justice
Circuit Court Clerk
3.3 (18) · City Courthouse
Neptune Beach, FL
US District Court Clerk
3.7 (3) · Federal Courthouse
Jacksonville Court House Info
5.0 (1) · City Courthouse