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Tallahassee Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Tallahassee City Public Records?

According to the Florida Public Records Law, Tallahassee City public records include “all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, tapes, photographs, films, sound recordings, data processing software, or other material, regardless of the physical form, characteristics, or means of transmission, made or received pursuant to law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official business by any agency.” Exemptions in the Public Records Law restrict portions of government-generated records from public view if they include:

  • Official test questions and answer sheets of government-run licensing bodies;
  • Sealed bids and proposals for government contracts
  • Public records created by agency attorneys
  • Active criminal
  • Investigation information

Tallahassee City Crime Statistics

The Tallahassee City Police Department (TCPD) collects records of crimes and arrests in the city. It sends these records to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for its Uniform Crime Report (UCR) system. According to reports released in 2018, the TCPD recorded 1,404 violent crimes and 8,695 property crimes among its 192,443 residents. Larceny-theft was the most recurrent crime with 6,549 reports, followed by 1,379 burglaries and 868 cases of aggravated assault.

The 2018 crime figures were 7.6% higher than the previous year. In 2017, the TPCD recorded 1,503 violent crimes and 9,428 property crimes. Arson and murder reports were the least recurrent, with 12 and 17 cases, respectively, throughout that year. With 8.5% more reports than the following year, larceny-theft was also the most recurrent crime in 2017.

Are Tallahassee City Criminal Records Public?

According to Florida’s statutes, some parts of Tallahassee City criminal records are open for public inspection. These include:

  • The time, location, date, and nature of a reported crime;
  • Arrestee’s identifying information such as name, gender, age, and mugshot
  • The time, date, and location of the incident or the arrest;
  • The crime charged;
  • Conviction information.

Anyone interested in getting Tallahassee City criminal records may contact the Tallahassee City Police Department’s Records Unit.

How to Obtain Police Reports and Arrest Records

The Records Unit of the Tallahassee City Police Department provides copies of public Tallahassee City records to interested individuals. Requesters may apply for public records online, in-person, or by mail. For online requests, interested persons may query the Department’s Public Records Requests portal. For in-person or telephone orders, requesters may visit or call the Records Unit anytime between 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Tallahassee Police Department Headquarters
234 East 7th Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Phone: (850) 891-4221

For mail-in requests, applicants must describe the desired document as accurately as possible in writing and send the application by US mail to the following address:

Attention: Records
Tallahassee Police Department
234 East 7th Avenue,
Tallahassee, FL 32303

Obtaining copies of the first seven pages of a police report is free, while subsequent pages cost twenty cents per page.

How to Find Sex Offender Information in Tallahassee City

Anyone convicted for a sex offense in Tallahassee City must register with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit. The Sheriff’s Office forwards all Tallahassee City sex offender information to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, who - in turn - uploads the data onto its Sexual Offenders and Predators Search portal. Anyone who searches the portal will find the following lists:

  • FDLE's Current Sexual Predators Registration List: Featuring individuals designated as Sexual Predators under the current Florida law.
  • FDLE's Current Sex Offender List: Featuring individuals designated as Sex Offenders under the current Florida law.

Each list contains offenders’ names, date of birth, photographs, conviction information, and current status.

How to Find Tallahassee City Inmate Records

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office maintains an active register of all inmates at FCI Tallahassee, including information on their charges, bond amount, and booking photos. It makes those records available online. Individuals interested in obtaining Tallahassee City inmate records may query the database by name or look through the entire roster.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Tallahassee Jail?

FCI Tallahassee permits family and friends of inmates to visit from 08:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Friday through Sunday. Potential visitors must be on the desired inmate’s approved visitation list. To gain approval, inmates must partially fill out a visitor information form and send it to the potential visitor for completion. Upon completion, the potential visitor will return the form to the prison for approval. The prison staff will conduct a background check on potential visitors and inform the inmate if the visitor is approved or not.

Inmates may receive a maximum of four visitors per session for up to four hours per month. Each visitor must provide a valid government-issued ID upon entry to the facility. Minors may visit inmates in an adult’s company and must present valid birth certificates as identification.

The prison staff advises visitors to wear clothing that is appropriate for a large gathering of people. Visitors that wear the following types of clothing to the facility may not be allowed entry:

  • Revealing shorts
  • Halter tops
  • Bathing suits
  • See-through garments of any type
  • Crop tops
  • Low-cut blouses or dresses
  • Leotards
  • Spandex
  • Miniskirts
  • Backless tops
  • Hats or caps
  • Sleeveless garments
  • Skirts two inches or more above the knee
  • Dresses or skirts with a high-cut split
  • Clothing that resembles inmate clothing

Visitors may shake, hug, or (decently) kiss inmates at the beginning of a visit or the end. However, the prison prohibits physical contact at any other time. The prison staff expect decent and orderly behavior from visitors and may evict any visitor who exhibits unruly behavior. Visitors cannot carry personal items into the facility and:

  • Firearms or any other type of weapons;
  • Alcohol or illegal substances;
  • Cameras;
  • Food;
  • Drinks, or
  • Cigarettes

Tallahassee City Court Records

The Leon County Circuit Court - also known as Florida’s 2nd Judicial Circuit deals with all legal proceedings in Tallahassee City, including:

  • Criminal case hearings
  • Hearings to set or modify bail for arrested persons;
  • Juvenile dependency shelter hearings;
  • Juvenile delinquency detention hearings;
  • Hearings on petitions for injunctions regarding an individual’s safety;
  • Hearings on petitions for risk protection orders;
  • Hearings for the emergency appointment of a temporary guardian

The Clerk of Courts provides all Tallahassee City court records, including criminal court records, civil court records, small claims, and traffic court records.

Location of Courts in Tallahassee City

Leon County Circuit Court
Leon County Courthouse
301 South Monroe Street,
Room 100,
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: (850) 577-4000
Fax: (850) 577-4013

County Court of Leon County
Leon County Courthouse
301 South Monroe Street,
Room 100,
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: (850) 577-4000
Fax: (850) 577-4013

Are Tallahassee City Court Records Public?

Under the Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.420, residents have a presumptive right of access to all Tallahassee City court records, which the Leon County Court Clerk holds. This presumptive right includes (but is not limited to) access to case dockets, transcripts, motions, exhibits, civil settlement agreements, and deposition records that parties may file with the court. However, this presumptive right is not absolute, and a court may declare a record as confidential under certain circumstances:

  • If public viewership of a record would pose a severe and imminent threat to the administration of justice;
  • If there is no other alternative to closing the record; and
  • If the record is closed in the narrowest way possible

Can You Look Up a Tallahassee City Court Case Online?

The Leon County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller maintains all Tallahassee City court records and provides an online search tool to access non-confidential court records. This search tool offers complete court records for criminal, civil, and traffic proceedings. To use this service, interested persons must register for Secure Web access. However, signing up allows researchers to print copies of the court records at home for no charge.

How to Obtain Tallahassee City Civil Court Case Records

The Leon County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller maintains all Tallahassee City civil court records. Interested persons may obtain these records online or in person. For online access, the Clerk provides a search tool to access non-confidential court records. To use this service, interested persons must register for Secure Web access. However, signing up allows researchers to print copies of the court records at home for no charge.

For in-person requests, interested persons may visit the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court, and Comptroller, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Requesters must describe the desired civil record as accurately as possible to ensure swift service. The office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller will provide up to nine documents and 20 pages per requester at no charge. Individuals that require more copies may access the Secure Web search portal and print them at home.

Leon County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller
Leon County Courthouse
301 S Monroe Street.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: (850) 606-5300
Fax: (850) 606-5301

How to Obtain Tallahassee City Criminal Court Records

The Leon County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller maintains all Tallahassee City criminal court records. Interested persons may obtain these records online or in person. For online access, the Clerk provides a search tool to access non-confidential court records. To use this service, interested persons must register for Secure Web access. However, signing up allows researchers to print copies of the court records at home for no charge.

For in-person requests, interested persons may visit the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Requesters must describe the desired civil record as accurately as possible to ensure swift service. The office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller will provide up to nine documents and 20 pages per requester at no charge. Individuals that require more copies may access the Secure Web search portal and print them at home.

Leon County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller
Leon County Courthouse
301 S Monroe Street,
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: (850) 606-5300
Fax: (850) 606-5301

Conducting a search is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Notice.

What are Tallahassee City Vital Records?

Tallahassee City vital records refer to the official documents that government agents create to mark important life events. These records include birth certificates, marriage licenses, divorce decrees, and death certificates.

Interested persons may get Tallahassee City vital records by querying the presiding agent’s offices in person or in writing. However, requesters may need to prove eligibility to obtain some documents.

Where and How to Obtain Tallahassee City Divorce Records

The Leon County Circuit Court administers all divorces in Tallahassee City. The Leon County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller generates all Tallahassee City divorce decrees and forwards them to the Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Vital Statistics. Interested persons may obtain Tallahassee City divorce records by querying the Bureau of Vital Statistics in person or by mail.

For in-person requests, applicants must complete an Application for Dissolution of Marriage Certificate form and submit it to the Bureau lobby anytime between 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office charges $5 to search for and provide certified copies of divorce certificates. This fee is non-refundable. Additional searches cost $2 per calendar year when the exact year is unknown, and further certified copies of the same record cost $4 each. Standard processing time is three to five business days, but the Bureau staff can process rush or same-day requests for $10.

Florida Bureau of Vital Statistics
1217 N Pearl Street,
Jacksonville, FL 32202

For mail-in requests, applicants must complete the same form or submit requests in writing. Written submissions must contain the following information:

  • Full name of both spouses as shown on the record;
  • Date of divorce;
  • County where the divorce happened;
  • The requester’s full name;
  • The requester’s contact details;
  • The requester’s relationship to the divorcees on the record

Requesters must attach a check or money order for the appropriate fee, made payable to “Vital Statistics.”

Florida Bureau of Vital Statistics,
P.O. Box 210,
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042

Where and How to Get Marriage Records in Tallahassee City

The Leon County Clerk and Comptroller’s Office issues all Tallahassee City marriage licenses and provides copies to interested persons. Anyone who wants a copy of a Tallahassee City marriage certificate may query the office in person or by mail.

For in-person requests, applicants must call (850) 606-4060 or visit any of the following offices:

1276 Metropolitan Boulevard.,
Suite. 101,
Tallahassee, FL 32312

301 South Monroe Street,
Suite 100,
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Certified copies of marriage certificates cost $3 each. For mail-in requests, applicants may send a letter with the following details:

  • The bride’s full name
  • The groom’s full name
  • The marriage date
  • The requester’s full name
  • The requester’s relationship to the couple
  • The requester’s phone number
  • The requester’s mailing address

Requesters must attach a check or money order for the appropriate fee, made payable to “Leon County Clerk and Comptroller.”

Leon County Clerk & Comptroller,
Attn: Official Records,
301 South Monroe Street,
Suite. 100,
Tallahassee, FL 32301

The Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Vital Statistics also holds copies of marriage certificates from June 6, 1927, to the present.

Interested persons may complete an Application for a Marriage Certificate form and submit it by mail or in-person anytime between 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office charges $5 to search for and provide certified copies of marriage certificates. This fee is non-refundable. Additional searches cost $2 per calendar year when the exact year is unknown, and further certified copies of the same record cost $4 each. Standard processing time is three to five business days, but the Bureau staff can process rush or same-day requests for $10.

In-person requests:
Florida Bureau of Vital Statistics
1217 N Pearl Street,
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Mail-in requests:
Florida Bureau of Vital Statistics,
P.O. Box 210,
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042

Where and How to Get Tallahassee City Birth Records

The Florida Department of Health generates Tallahassee City birth certificates. Its Leon County Office makes birth certificates available to eligible persons, including:

  • The registrant (if 18 years or older)
  • Parents named on the record
  • The registrant’s spouse
  • The registrant’s legal representative.

Eligible persons may obtain Tallahassee City birth records by querying the Leon County Health Department in person or by mail. For in-person requests, applicants must complete a Birth Certificate Application form and submit it - along with proof of eligibility - to any of the Health Department offices in Tallahassee City between 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office charges $15 per copy.

Main Office - Roberts & Stevens Clinic
1515 Old Bainbridge Road
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Phone: (850) 404-6400

Richardson-Lewis Health Center
872 West Orange Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32310
Phone: (850) 404-6240

The Molar Express
912 Railroad Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32310
Phone: (850) 404-6450

Environmental Health
435 North Macomb St
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: (850) 895-8360

Municipal Way
2965 Municipal Way
Tallahassee, FL 32304
Phone: (850) 404-6300

For mail-in requests, applicants must complete the same form, attach proof of eligibility, and a check or money order for the appropriate fee.

Leon County Health Department
P.O. Box 2745
Tallahassee, FL 32316

Where and How to Get Tallahassee City Death Records

The Vital Statistics Office in Leon County holds Tallahassee City death certificates from 2009 to the present. Anyone above 18 years old can request a death certificate without a cause of death. However, death certificates with the cause of death are only available to eligible persons, including:

  • The decedent’s spouse or parent
  • The decedent’s children, grandchildren, or siblings
  • Any person with a will, insurance policy, or another document that demonstrates his/her interest in the decedent’s estate
  • Legal representatives of any of the above persons

Eligible persons may obtain Tallahassee City death records by querying the Leon County Health Department in person or by mail. For in-person requests, applicants must complete a Death Certificate Application form and submit it to any of the Health Department offices in Tallahassee City between 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. If requesting a certificate with the cause of death, the requester must provide proof of eligibility. The office charges $10 per copy.

Main Office - Roberts & Stevens Clinic
1515 Old Bainbridge Road,
Tallahassee, FL 32303

Phone: (850) 404-6400
Richardson-Lewis Health Center
872 West Orange Avenue,
Tallahassee, FL 32310

Phone: (850) 404-6240
The Molar Express
912 Railroad Avenue,
Tallahassee, FL 32310

Phone: (850) 404-6450
Environmental Health
435 North Macomb Street,
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: (850) 895-8360

Municipal Way
2965 Municipal Way
Tallahassee, FL 32304
Phone: (850) 404-6300

For mail-in requests, applicants must complete the same form, attach proof of eligibility, and a check or money order for the appropriate fee.

Leon County Health Department
P.O. Box 2745
Tallahassee, FL 32316

For death certificates before 2009, requesters may write to the State Office of Vital Statistics, providing the following information:

  • Decedent’s full name
  • Date of death
  • County of death
  • Applicant’s relationship to the decedent
  • The purpose of the certified copy
  • Applicant’s signature
  • Mailing address
  • Copy of valid photo identification (front and back) if requesting a certificate with the cause of death

Florida Bureau of Vital Statistics,
P.O. Box 210,
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042