Pinellas County Arrest, Court, and Public Records
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office does not provide criminal history reports for individuals. For such records, contact the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) at (850) 410-8109. Crime and arrest data for Pinellas County is also available from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Its records show that there were 36,566 arrests and 33,522 reported crimes in the county in 2017, the last year with a complete record. These figures represent 4.5% and 8.2% decline in arrest and crime rates respectively compared with the previous year.
An analysis of the 2017 crime statistics for Pinellas County revealed that 34 murders, 498 rapes, 979 robberies, 2,475 aggravated assaults, 4,112 burglaries, 23,315 larcenies, and 2,109 motor vehicle thefts were committed. Rape was the only crime that experienced a year-on-year increase. Compared to 2016, there were 9% more rape cases in 2017. Murder, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft rates fell by 12.8%, 10.3%, 0.4%, 12.4%, 8.1%, and 11.8% respectively.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office organizes a Sexual Predator and Offender Tracking (SPOT) Unit. This volunteer organization monitors and enforces Florida’s Statutes that relate to sexual predators and offenders as well as career offenders. They also raise public awareness about the state’s sex offender registry maintained by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The state’s database of sexual offenders and predators is on FDLE’s website. It has a search tool that visitors can use to find sex offenders by name. Citizens of Pinellas County can also use the search tool to find sex offenders and predators residents in their neighborhoods.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office keeps inmate records and makes some of these available upon request. It has a handy inmate locator tool on its website. This provides information about inmates booked into the Pinellas County Jail from November 28, 2005 to the present. Users can search for inmates by name, booking date, and docket number.
Court records for Pinellas County are available on the website of the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller. These include documents related to civil, criminal, family, probate, and traffic courts as well as the court calendar. Use the search tool on the website to find available court records stored on the online database.
Users don’t have to register to view most court documents. However, court records for family and probate cases are only available to attorneys and registered users. The Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller makes provision for ordering copies of court records online. Visit the ordering page to request for copies found in the online database. The Clerk of the Circuit Court charges $1 per page for copies of court records. There is an additional fee of $2 per document for certified copies. Ordered copies are sent out via U.S. Postal Service or email. Copy fees are payable with a credit card. Note that there’s a 3.5% processing fee charged along with copy fees.
For further information, write to the County Clerk at:
Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller
Attn: Public Records Liaison
315 Court Street, Room 400
Clearwater, FL 33756
Pursuant to Florida Statute 741.01, the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller has the power to issue marriage licenses within Pinellas County. To obtain one, download and complete the eMarriage Application on the website of the Clerk of the Court. The couple can also apply in person at the Clerk’s office. The fee for a marriage license is $86. Couples that complete Premarital Preparation Courses are eligible for the reduced fee of $61. Fees are payable by cash, check, and credit card.
The Clerk’s Official Records webpage has records of marriage licenses issued from May, 1972 to the present. The public can view and purchase marriage licenses at:
Room 163, Clearwater Courthouse
315 Court Street
The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County is responsible for issuing birth and death certificates. Its Vital Statistics Office provides these records in person, by mail, and by fax. To request for a birth or death record, download the Application for a Florida Birth Record or Application for a Florida Death Record. These forms are also available in Spanish (Birth and Death). Submit or mail the completed form to:
Florida Department of Health in Pinellas
8751 Ulmerton Road, Suite 1700
Largo, FL 33771
Send fax requests to (727) 507-4335
The fee for a certified computer birth certificate is $13. An additional copy of the same certificate ordered at the same time attracts a charge of $8. Ordered certificates take five days to process. For a rush order, add an extra $5 fee and indicate this by writing the word “RUSH” on the envelope. There is also a $5 surcharge for expedited death certificates. The base fee for a certified computer death certificate is $9. There is an $8 charge for every additional copy of the same certificate ordered at the same time.
These fees are payable in cash, check, money order, and credit card for in-person requests. The Florida Department of Health only accepts credit cards for fax requests. Mail requests are payable with checks and money orders.