The Florida arrest records contain the criminal history of specific individuals or the arrests and other related information in a specific period of time. The records contain only criminal history information with sealed information available only to specific agencies.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement or FDLE keeps the records of arrest. They have a more detailed record containing expunged criminal history and even juvenile criminal history. However the expunged criminal history is only available for specific agencies or special requests. The juvenile criminal history on the other hand can only be released if the offense done by said individual can be considered as a felony if he was of age. The FDLE also houses other important records that can’t be found in the NBI.
The records can be used for various purposes. Most people use them as a personal reference. Other uses them as a supporting document when trying to obtain other documentation such as licenses. In some counties in Florida, you need the record when applying for a license to own guns or even just a driver’s license. The record is also an important document needed for application of passports and visas. Companies may also use said records as documents to support background checks when hiring prospective employees or during investigations. There are different types of background checks pertaining to the records of arrests. The first one is Level 1 that refers to the name and employment history check. Level 2 produces a more detailed record of past offenses. Once the records are obtained, they can only be used and shared to same agencies. This means that if the records were obtained by district schools then only fellow district schools may use it, not another agency type.
Obtaining the records depend on who owns them and for what purpose. If you are obtaining a record for yourself there will be no problem as long as you can provide identification at the Florida department of labor enforcement. Companies requesting background checks may do so depending on the level. For level one background checks, they can just state the name or past employee history. For level two background checks, fingerprints may be needed.
The costs of getting the records may also vary. The standard check may cost $8 state fee and $16.50 federal fee or a total of $24.50. If the records will be needed for gun license or employment as security guards, the costs may reach up to $31.50. Other purposes such as employment as doctor, nursing home employee and more will cost up to $40.50. A volunteer and employee criminal history system (VECHS) will also have different fees. For employees it will cost a total of $40.50. For volunteers, about $33.50. Rechecking or looking up the record again will cost the same amount as if it were the first time you looked for the record. Usually specific individuals are required to be checked every now and then.
Unfortunately, arrests happen every hour so obtaining your record may become useless if the FDLE logged new arrests. To prevent that from happening, you can find online search websites to assist you. You will be given real time access to specific records and pay a corresponding fee when you’re about to get a hard copy of your police arrest records.