Florida criminal background checks can be requested by any employer and criminal records can be accessed by the general public. Only qualified agencies (i.e. government) and organizations (VECHS program) can perform an FBI criminal background check. A criminal background check can be conducted online or by mail through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).

Cost – $24

LawsTitle XXXI, § 435.(01-12)

Step 1 – Background Check Authorization Form

Criminal records are open to the public in Florida; therefore, a background check authorization form is not required. However, under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), a criminal background check would be included in a consumer report and therefore employees must give consent to an employer before they perform a criminal background check. A background check authorization form can be used to provide consent.

Step 2 – FDLE Criminal History Database

Navigate to the FDLE criminal history information webpage. Click Start Your Search Now to proceed.

Step 3 – Provide Personal Information

Enter the following information into the appropriate fields before clicking Submit:

  • Name
  • Billing address
  • City
  • State or Province
  • Zip or Postal code
  • Email

Step 4 – Provide Subject Information

Enter the full name of the subject and provide their date of birth (or age), race, sex, and Social Security number (optional). Click Submit.

Step 5 – Review Information

At this juncture, review the subject’s information, select the checkbox near the bottom of the page and click Submit.

Step 6 – Payment Information

Enter the payment details into the available fields to accept the charge of $24 and click Pay.

Step 7 – Results

View a individual’s criminal record by clicking Display History. A criminal record search may yield multiple results but it will cost $24 for each additional history displayed.