Conducting a Broward Sheriff Arrest Search

You might be interested in checking whether a person you know and interact with on a day to day basis (for instance – an employee, your date or your kids’ nanny) has ever been incarcerated by the police. A Broward sheriff arrest search is, therefore, a necessary precautionary measure to guarantee your (and your family) safety.

The sheriff office is where relevant criminal data is processed and stored. For this reason, we strongly advise starting your Broward arrest search by paying a visit to their head office located at 2601 W. Broward Blvd. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33312. You may try to acquire the information on the phone (954-831-8900), but they will probably demand that you show up in person. The sheriff’s website contains an online inmate locator but it has a limited value since it will display only inmates that are currently incarcerated.

Other options for a more extensive Broward arrest search

You can turn to the clerk of the courts to conduct a criminal background check. They are responsible for maintaining Broward County public records, so they can help you with recovering court records. Their offices are located at 201 S.E. 6th St. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.

The process of obtaining information might be a little cumbersome. You will have to file a request for court documents (that can be found here). Take into account that based on Florida Statutes, Section 119.0714(2)(e)(1) and Rule 2.420, all official documents must be redacted to omit any confidential data (e.g. bank account numbers). So it might take a few days to respond to your request. This procedure also applies for felony cases. For further questions, you may contact the Felony Division at 954-831-6565.

Alternatively, you may choose to use broader databases. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement operates an electronic criminal search tool that will display a person’s arrest history in all of the state’s counties. This database is constantly updated with information that comes from FL law enforcement agencies. However, using it may turn out to be quite expensive. Each inquiry will cost you 24 USD.

Undertaking a Broward County warrant search

In order to apprehend a person, any police officer must be equipped with an arrest warrant authorized by a judge (This rule does not apply to cases in which the suspect is caught while committing an offense). To trace Broward County outstanding warrants, we advise turning to the sheriff’s Record Division. You have two options to check a person’s background:

  • By mail – you will be required to send a letter to the Broward Sheriff’s Office – Records Division. PO Box 9507. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33310. The letter must include basic detail on the person you are searching: full name, date of birth, gender and race.

The letter must include a check of 0.15 dollars for each page. Credit cards are not accepted. For more information, call 954-831-8700.

  • In person – arrive at the Record Division (located at the sheriff office) during working hours (Monday to Friday from 8:45 in the morning – 5 in the evening), and ask for a background report. Reports may arrive after a couple of days. You will have to come with the same basic details on the person you inquire about plus a check for the fee.

Using the state’s database

The Florida Crime information Center has a wanted persons inquiry tool that shows all of FL warrants that were authorized for public view. It receives its data from police stations all around the state, but since it is a large data bank, it may be less accurate than the sheriff’s criminal archives.

Inmate statistics

The average number of inmates in Broward County’s 4 jails is approximately 4,600. Every year around 63,000 people from all walks of life and races go through (are booked and released) the county’s correctional facilities. Close to 180,000 inmates are transferred from one facility to another and to court houses in the course of the year.