Palm Beach County Arrest, Court, and Public Records
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) compiles crime and arrest statistics for all the counties in the state. Its most recent complete data for Palm Beach County are for 2017. In that year, the county recorded 92 murders, 550 rapes, 1,674 robberies, and 3,939 aggravated assaults. Reported incidences of property crimes include 6,033 burglaries, 30,048 larcenies, and 3,559 motor vehicle thefts.
Compared to the 2013 crime data for the county, murder (24.3%), rape (23%), and motor vehicle theft (29.9%) rates recorded significant jumps. The five-year crime trend for Palm Beach County also indicates falling robbery (4.9%), aggravated assault (0.9%), burglary (37.9%), and larceny (2.1%) rates between 2013 and 2017.
The Division of Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) of the FDLE provides criminal background checks for all the counties in Florida. Members of the public can use the Instant Search option on its Criminal History Information portal to conduct quick background checks. This option provides non-certified criminal history reports that can be viewed online and downloaded.
For complete criminal history records, search using the FDLE SHIELD webpage. This option provides certified and non-certified paper copies of criminal records that can also be notarized and delivered to requesters by mail. CJIS also accepts mail requests for criminal background checks. To request for one, send a completed Criminal History Information Request Form to:
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Criminal History Services
PO Box 1489
Tallahassee, FL 32302
There is a $24 fee for each criminal background report requested irrespective of the option selected. Pay with a credit or debit card when requesting criminal records online. Check and money order are acceptable forms of payment for mail orders.
The Central Records Division of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office can conduct local background checks and provide police records upon request. This Division has five offices spread across the county. You can request for a local background check, a criminal report, or an accident report by visiting or calling any of its offices. The offices’ contact informationare:
2195 Southern Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Belle Glade – District 5
38840 State Road 80
Belle Glade, FL 33430
(561) 992-1463 Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Village of Royal Palm Beach – District 9
11498 Okeechobee Blvd.
Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411
(561) 904-8289 Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
City of Lake Worth – District 14
120 North G Street
Lake Worth, FL 33460
(561) 586-1611 Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
City of Greenacres – District 16
2995 South Jog Road
Lake Worth, FL 33467
(561)-688-5212 Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
You can also send a request for a criminal justice record by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Written requests should be sent to:
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office
Attn: Central Records
3228 Gun Club Rd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
The Sheriff’s Office charges 15 cents per page after the first 6 pages for one-sided paper copy of records. The fee for two-sided copies is 20 cents per page. Each CD of electronic records costs 39 cents while each DVD costs 42 cents and the price for a dual-layer DVDs is $1.41. The Records Division also charges $24.47 per hour for any record that requires more than 6 pages or 30 minutes to process.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office registers sex offenders living in the county and has a Sex Predator and Offender Tracking (SPOT) Unit to enforce the state’s sex offender law. The public can locate registered offenders living, working, and attending school in Palm Beach County using the search tool provided by the SPOT Unit. Alternatively, they may also find these offenders by searching the Florida Sex Offender Registry maintained by the FDLE.
The Security Bureau and Inmate Management Divisions of the Sheriff’s Office are responsible for maintaining the two correctional facilities in Palm Beach County. These county jails are:
Main Detention Center
3228 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406-3001
West Detention Center
38811 James Wheeler Way
Belle Glade, FL 33430
The Sheriff’s Office provides an inmate locator on its website to help members of the public locate individuals incarcerated in these facilities. Friends and family can deposit funds in inmates’ commissary accounts at the Access Corrections Kiosks located in the release lobby of the Main Detention Center, the visitation lobby of the West Detention Center, and at the Video Visitation Center. Cash (in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 US dollars), credit cards, and debit cards are accepted at these kiosks.
Palm Beach County has four courthouses and each of them hosts a Circuit Court and a County Court. The addresses and contact information of these courthouses are:
205 North Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
South County Courthouse
200 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444
Phone: 561-274-1588 (Civil)
Phone: 561-355-2996 (Criminal)
North County Courthouse
3188 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Phone: 561-624-6650 (Civil)
Phone: 561-355-2996 (Criminal)
West County Courthouse
2950 State Road 15, Room S-100, Belle Glade, FL 33430
The Office of the Clerk and Comptroller of Palm Beach County maintains the records of these Circuit and County Courts. Search for civil, criminal, and traffic case records online using the eCaseView portal provided by the Clerk and Comptroller. To obtain copies of these records, come to the Photocopy area of the Main Courthouse. This is in Room 4.2500 on the 4th floor of the courthouse. Note that records of active/open cases are only available at the Clerk’s branch office in the courthouse where the case was heard.
The Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller also accepts mail requests for copies of court and other public records. Send a completed Records Services Transmittal Form to:
Sharon R. Bock, Clerk and Comptroller
Records Service Center, P.O. Box 4526
West Palm Beach, FL 33402-4526
Use the following address when sending your request by express mail:
205 N. Dixie Hwy.
Photocopy – Room 4.2500
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Find out how much the copies of requested records cost from the Clerk’s Records Research and Copy Fees page.
The Office of the Clerk and Comptroller maintains and provides copies of final judgements of dissolution of marriage filed in Palm Beach County. Use the Records Services Transmittal Form to order copies of your divorce record. Bring this to Room 4.2500 on the 4th floor of the Main Courthouse or send it by mail to the postal or physical address of the Clerk’s Office provided above.
Follow the same procedures to obtain certified copies of a marriage license. For uncertified copies, find the record online using the Official Records portal provided by the Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller. You can then print out this document for free.
The Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Vital Statistics provides certified copies of birth and death certificates for all counties in the state. To obtain one, visit the office of the Bureau of Vital Statistics at:
1217 N Pearl Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
The office opens to the public from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. It charges a $9 search fee for birth records. This fee covers a thorough search of one year of records and includes one certified copy of birth record if found. The corresponding fee for a death record is $5. There is an additional fee of $2 per calendar year if the date of birth or death is unknown. Each additional certified copy of the same birth or death certificate ordered at the same time costs $4.
The Bureau of Vital Statistics issues computer-generated birth certificates while the requester waits. A photocopied birth certificate costs $14. Same-day pickups are available for death certificates issued from 2009 to the present. There is a $10 fee to obtain older records the same day they are requested. Payments are accepted in cash, check, money order, Visa, and Mastercard.
It is also possible to request these vital records by mail. Download and complete an Application for a Florida Birth Record (also available in Spanish) or an Application for a Death Record (Spanish). Mail this to:
Bureau of Vital Statistics
Attn: Vital Records Section
P.O. Box 210
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042
Include a photocopy of a valid photo ID with a birth application. All mail requests must be accompanied by copy fees paid with cashier’s check or money order payable to VITAL STATISTICS.