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Cape Coral Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Criminal Records

Background checks and criminal records may be obtained at the state or county level. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement maintains statewide criminal history information and is obligated to provide criminal records and conduct background checks on request. Similarly, local criminal history information is managed by the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

How To Get Criminal Records and Police Reports

The Lee County Sheriff's Office processes requests for criminal records and background checks on Cape Coral residents. The records provided include county-level arrest, disposition and conviction information of the subject. The requesting party is required to provide the name, date of birth, and sex of the subject as well as a non-refundable payment of $5.

Requests are processed online using the Sheriffs Record Request Tool. Requesters may choose to sign up to use the tool or submit a search request anonymously. Subsequent to making a request, the requestor will be issued a confirmation number with which they can track the request progress. The Records Request Tool may also be used to request police and incident reports. In this case, the requestor will be required to provide details of the incident or event including the date, location and case number with which the report will be tracked.

How To Find Sex Offender Information

All information regarding sex offenders residing in the city of Cape Coral is managed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and housed on the state's sex offender registry. Interested persons may search the Florida Sexual Offenders and Predators website offender name or location to see sex offenders within specific vicinities. The website also provides information regarding sex offender compliance status and conduct. Additionally, Cape Coral residents may subscribe to the Florida Offender Alert System to receive email notifications regarding sex offenders within their selected mile.

How To Find Inmate And Jail Information

The Lee County Sheriff's Office maintains a database of arrested and incarcerated persons apprehended by various law enforcement and booking agencies, including the Cape Coral Police Department. Interested persons may search the database by inmate name, assigned ID, booking date and release date. The database also provides information regarding the primary charge of the individual as well as their bail or bond conditions if applicable. For other inmate-related queries, the Sheriff's Office can be contacted using the contact form available on the official website.

Criminal Statistics

The Criminal Justice Information Services Division of the FBI publishes statewide annual index crime summaries in line with the national Uniform Crime Reporting Program. According to 2016 reports, Cape Coral recorded a net total of 3,305 index crimes. A breakdown of this figure revealed larceny-theft to be the leading property crime with 2,286 reported incidents in the year alone, accounting for 69% of the total crimes in the city.

Burglary constituted 19% of the total crimes with 632 reported incidents, while aggravated assault accounted for 5.2% of total crime, making it the third most recurring index crime and the most popular of all the violent crimes. Reports of motor vehicle theft and arson constituted 5% of the reported crimes, while robbery, rape, and murder/manslaughter were recorded to be least recurring with only 31, 16 and 5 reports respectively.

Court Records

Where and How to Get Court Records

The Lee County Clerk of Court maintains court records of cases relevant to the city. Non-confidential court records and other official records may be accessed at the court branch using the self-service terminals and workstations available. To search records, requesters are required to have sufficient information regarding the case of interest including the case file number, defendant's or plaintiff's name and the date the case was filed with the court. The Cape Coral Branch is located at:

Lee County Government Center
1039 SE 9th Place, 2nd Floor
Cape Coral, FL 33990

Records may also be requested using the Records & Case Information Request System.

Location of All Courts In The City

While there are no courthouses in Cape Coral City, Florida the following court attends to cases within city limits:

Lee County Circuit Court
Lee County Justice Center
1700 Monroe Street,
P.O. Box 2469, Fort Myers, FL 33902
(239) 533-5000

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Vital Records

The Florida Vital Statistics Office maintains statewide records of vital records for the state of Florida. The office processes requests for records of births, deaths, marriages, and divorces that occurred in the city of Cape Coral. Alternatively, these records can be obtained at the county level from the office of the Lee County Clerk of Courts or the Lee County Vital Statistics Office.

Where and How to Get Divorce Records

Cape Coral City divorce records can be obtained from the Cape Coral Branch of the Lee County Clerk of Courts Office. Interested persons may access the records using the self-service terminals and workstations available in the office. In order to find these records, requesters are required to have sufficient information regarding the divorce and divorcees, including their names, the date, and place of the divorce, as well as the issuing county. The Cape Coral Branch is located at:

Lee County Government Center
1039 SE 9th Place, 2nd Floor
Cape Coral, FL 33990

Alternatively, requests may be directed to the States Vital Statistics office via mail. This would require that the requester send a written request which will indicate the necessary divorce details and the contact information of the requesting party. The query should then be accompanied by a cheque or money order payment of the divorce report fee of $5 and mailed to:

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

Where and How to Get Marriage Records

Cape Coral City residents may request copies of marriage records from the Florida Vital Statistics Office provided the marriage was licensed by the state of Florida and occurred before June 6, 1927. Interested persons are required to complete an Application For a Marriage Certificate stating the full name of both spouses, the date of the marriage, the county that issued the license as well as the contact information of the requesting party. Completed forms should be accompanied by the fees indicated on the application and sent to

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

Where and How to Get Birth and Death Records

The Florida Vital Statistics Office processes requests for records of births and deaths occurring Cape Coral. However, as per state laws, birth records and death records are not considered public record until 100 and 50 years of the event respectively. Thus, persons interested in obtaining birth and death records must meet stated eligibility requirements. Only the registrant/decedent, their parents, legal guardians, their siblings and offspring, and their legal representatives may request the record including persons who are legally authorized by a court order.

Eligible persons may obtain these records by completing and submitting an Affidavit to Release a Birth Certificate or Affidavit to Release Death Certificate. Completed applications should be notarized and sent along with the fees stated on the form to:

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