Miami-Dade County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Arrest Records

The Clerk of the Courts for Miami-Dade County offers Criminal History Checks to the public. Anyone can make a request for arrest records and criminal history by mail and in person. For in-person request, perform an online search using the public access computers at:

Miami-Dade County – Criminal Division
Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building
1351 NW 12th Street, Suite 9000
Miami, Florida 33125

For mail requests, include information like defendant’s name, date of birth, case number, and case year. Send the written request, a self-addressed, stamped envelope, and the appropriate fee to:

Felonies:

Miami-Dade County - Criminal Division
Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building
1351 NW 12th St., Suite 9000
Miami, Florida 33125

Misdemeanors:

Miami-Dade County - Criminal Division
Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building
1351 NW 12th St., Suite 8100
Miami, Florida 33125

Traffic:

Miami-Dade County - Criminal Division
Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building
1351 NW 12th St., Suite 124
Miami, Florida 33125

The Court Clerk charges $7 for certified copies and an additional $2 for each search when the case year or number is unknown or unspecified. Cash payments are only acceptable for in-person requests. The Court Clerk accepts credit/debit cards and personal checks as well as cashier checks and money orders made payable to the Clerk of Courts.

Crime statistics for Miami-Dade County show that there was a total of 6,166 violent crimes in 2017, the most recent year with a complete record. There were also 34,842 non-violent crimes in that year. Compared to previous years, these figures represent a 3.35% and 2.42% decline in violent crimes over the last five- and one-year periods respectively. Non-violent crime rates also declined with a 2.42% year-on-year drop compared to 2016 and a 11.58% drop over the last five years.

A breakdown of crime data shows that robbery (7.91%), aggravated assault (4.17%), burglary (4.55%), and larceny (3.09%) rates fell compared to the previous year while there were higher incidences of homicide (8.14%), rape (23.96%), and motor vehicle theft (6.37%).

Criminal Records

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) maintains a database of sex offenders resident in the state. To access this registry, visit the Sex Offender/Predator Information page on FDLE’s website. Visitors can search the database to locate registered sex offenders living in Orange County.

Miami-Dade County also hosts a sex offender and predator search tool on its website. This tool allows the public to search for specific offenders or predators and also to find registered offenders and predators resident in an area or close to a school or landmark.

The Corrections and Rehabilitation section of the Miami-Dade County’s website hosts a handy inmate lookup tool. The public can search by first and last names to find specific inmates. For further enquiries, visit the Corrections and Rehabilitation office at:

Dr Martin Luther King Office Plaza
2525 NW 62nd Street,
Miami, FL 33147
763-263-7000

Court Records

The Clerk of the Courts for Miami-Dade County is responsible for all court records in the county. The public can access these records via the Miami-Dade Courts Online System. For civil, family, and probate court records, use the search tool on the website of the Clerk of the Courts. Users must first register for the Online System and log in to use this tool. They can search for court records by the names of the parties involved, case numbers, and hearing dates. For criminal cases, visit the Criminal Justice Online System page. This tool also allows the public to search for judges and their calendars.

The Clerk of the Courts lets anyone order copies after searching online and viewing available records. Requests for certified copies of court records are only accepted in person and by mail. For copies of probate court records, send a written request to:

Dade County Clerk’s Office
Attn: Correspondent Dept.
73 W. Flagler Street, Room 238
Miami, Florida 33130

Include case number and year, names of parties involved, a self-addressed, stamped envelope, and the appropriate fees. The County Clerk charges $1 per page and $2 per document for copies of records requested. There’s an additional $2 fee per year, per name for requests without case year/number.

The same procedures, requirements, and fees apply to civil court records. Mail requests should also go to the Flagler Street office of the County Clerk but addressed to Suite 137. Similarly, in-person requests for civil court records are available at Suite 137 while probate record requests are presented at Room 238 of the same building. Both offices open between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Fees are payable in cash and credit/debit cards for in-person requests. Mail requests should be accompanied by cashier’s checks or money orders made payable to Clerk of Courts.

Obtaining family court records also follows the same procedures, has similar requirements, and attracts the same charges. However, mail requests for family/divorce court records go to:

Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center
Family Court/Correspondence
175 NW 1st Ave., 12th Floor
Miami, FL 33128

For in-person requests, visit the Family Court located on 14th floor of the building.

Public Records

The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County is responsible for issuing birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates. These are available to order in person and by mail. Visit any of these three locations to order a birth or death certificate:

North Dade

18680 NW 67 Avenue
Hialeah, Florida 33015
(305) 628-7227
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(WALK-IN APPLICANTS ONLY)

Central Dade

1350 NW 14 Street, Room 3
Miami, Florida 33125
(305) 575-5030
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
(WALK-IN AND MAIL APPLICANTS)

South Dade

18255 Homestead Ave #113
West Perrine, FL 33157
(305) 278-1046
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(WALK-IN APPLICANTS ONLY)

Before visiting, download and complete the Death Certificate Request Form or Birth Certificate Request Form. The County Clerk charges $20 for each birth or death certificate and $16 for every additional copy requested. In-person requests are payable in cash. Money order, cashier’s check, and debit/credit card payments are accepted for mail and in-person requests.

The Florida Department of Health issues marriage and divorce certificates for marriages and divorces occurring in Florida from June 6, 1927 to the present. Divorce and marriage certificates for events prior to this date are obtainable from Clerk of Court of the County where the event took place.

Applications for marriage and divorce certificates should go to:

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

The Bureau of Vital Statistics charges $5 for each certified marriage/divorce record and an additional $4 for each copy of the same record ordered at the same time. There is a $10 fee for expedited requests. Simply write RUSH on the outside of the request envelope and include the surcharge.

Other Information

Location of all courts in Miami-Dade County

Circuit Court - Civil Division - Miami
73 W Flagler St, #133
Miami, FL 33130

Circuit Court - Criminal - Miami
73 W Flagler St, #242
Miami, FL 33130

County Court - Civil Division - Miami
73 W Flagler St, #133
Miami, FL 33130

County Court - Criminal - Miami
73 W Flagler St, #242
Miami, FL 33130

District Court - Coral Gables
3100 Ponce de Leon Blvd
Coral Gables, FL 33134

District Court - South Dade
10710 SW 211th St
Miami, FL 33189

Hialeah District Court
11 E. 6th St
Hialeah, FL 33010

Miami Beach District Court
1130 Washington Ave, Ste 200
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Miami-Dade County
73 W Flagler St, #133
Miami, FL 33130

North Dade District Court
15555 Biscayne Blvd, #100
Miami Beach, FL 33160