Lee County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

How to Obtain Criminal Records

The Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) division of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FLDE) manages criminal history records for Lee County and the rest of the state. The division also provides access to criminal records on request. Members of the public can conduct instant searches using the department's online search tool. A $24.00 fee is charged for this service. Searches that include more than one candidate incur an additional $25.00 per record.

Criminal history information can also be obtained by mail. Interested parties must submit a completed request form, providing as much relevant information as possible, including their full name, race, sex, and date of birth. Certified results may be obtained in English or Spanish. Requests sent by mail must include a check or money order made payable to the FDLE for the applicable fee. Requests must also include an address. Completed request forms should be sent to the:

Florida Department of Law Enforcement
User Services Bureau / Criminal History Services
Post Office Box 1489,
Tallahassee, FL 32302-1489

Note: Although a social security number isn't compulsory, providing one can help expedite and improve the accuracy of the search.

The Central Records Division of the Lee County Sheriff's Office processes online requests for public records. This includes traffic crash reports, information on calls for service, offense reports, and local background checks. To obtain records online, interested parties will need to create an online account with the request platform. Residents can also obtain requests in person at the Central Records office located at 4750 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy. Fort Myers, FL 33912. The office opens between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Monday through Friday.

Who Manages Public Criminal Records?

Requests for local background checks can be made in person at the Central Records office or by submitting a request through the public records portal. Requests must include the name, sex, race, and date of birth of the subject. A $5.00 fee is charged for this service.

How to Obtain Inmate Information

The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) manages the records of individuals held in correctional inmate facilities within Lee County and the rest of the state. Members of the public can obtain information by submitting an online offender information request. Requests must include the subject's full name and DC number (number issued by the FDC) if known. Request for active inmate records should be submitted to the institution holding the subject, while requests for inactive inmate records can be made at:

ATTN: Central Records Unit
Florida Department of Corrections
501 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2500

The Lee County Sheriff's Office also provides an online arrest search platform that lists individuals currently held in county jail. Requests must include the full name of the subject, ID and booking number if known. Requesters can also specify a booking date range and release date range.

Note: Medical records of released inmates can be obtained by submitting a request to Statewide Record Retention Center, 7819 NW 228th Street, Raiford, FL 32083.

How to Find Sex Offender Information

The FDLE maintains a public database that contains information on sexual predators and sexual offenders in Lee County and the rest of the state. Residents can search for offenders using the platform. Searches can be filtered by address and neighborhood. Requesters can also conduct university/campus searches to find registrants working at or around an academic institution.

Vital Records

Lee County provides access to vital records through several departments at the county and state level. In compliance with Florida state laws, birth certificates are not considered public records until after 100 years following birth. Accessing other vital records may require a government-issued I.D.

How to Obtain Divorce Records

Records for divorces decrees granted in the county can be obtained by contacting the clerk of the circuit court. In addition, the Florida Department of Health manages records for divorces that occurred in Marion County and other parts of the state from 1927 till present. The department charges $5.00 for divorce records and $4.00 for each additional copy ordered at the same time. This fee is non-refundable, even if a requested record cannot be found. In cases where no results can be found for a request, the department provides a certified "No Record Found" statement. To get a divorce record by mail, send a signed application to:

Bureau of Vital Statistics
Attn: Vital Record Section
Post Office Box 210
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042

Applications must include the full names of the spouses, the city where the divorce was granted, and the date of the event (or a range of years). Individuals must also provide personal details such as their full name, telephone number, and mailing address. Application letters must also be accompanied by a check or money order made out to "Vital statistics."

How to Obtain Birth/Death Information

The Florida Department of Health processes requests for birth and death records in the state. Interested parties can obtain records in person or by mail. Access to birth records is restricted to only the person on record, immediate family members, and legal representatives. Walk-in requests can be made at 217 N Pearl St, Jacksonville, FL 32202. The lobby opens between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday. Written requests sent via mail must include an application for birth record form or application for death record form and a copy of a valid I.D such as a driver's license. Completed forms should be mailed to:

Bureau of Vital Statistics
Attn: Vital Records Section
P.O. Box 210
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042

How to Obtain a Marriage Record

Interested parties can obtain marriage records by contacting the Florida Department of Health. It maintains records of marriage licenses issued from 1927 till present. Records for marriages before this period can be obtained by contacting the county clerk of court. Requesters must submit a completed application form, providing relevant details such as the name of the spouse, date of marriage and place of marriage. Walk-in requests are available at 1217 North Pearl Street Jacksonville. Mail applications should be directed to:

Attn: Vital Records Section
Department of Health
Office of Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 210
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042