Conducting a Miami Background Check in Three Simple Steps

There are lots of reasons in today’s world for running a background check: trying to get someone for a job, someone has started dating your child or due diligence research before recommending a person for any position of trust.  The most common results you will be looking for are warrants and records of incarceration, but we will also cover locating court dockets.

Step One – Contacting Miami Police Department

The simplest way to start your Miami background check (keep in mind this is within the city only) is by contacting the Miami Police Department.  They have access to both Miami arrest records and Miami warrants. However, because it is the police department and not the clerk’s office, they will not be able to assist you with Miami court records.  Their contact details are as follows:

400 NW 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33128
Telephone number: 305-603-6477
Fax: 305-579-6635

Once you have made contact with their department, you can tell the officer the information you are looking for and they can direct you to the specific person who will help you with your request.

Step Two – Using the County’s Resources to Trace a Person’s Criminal History

Once you have pursued the above avenue for information on the city level, you are then ready to move on to the next step of checking with the Miami-Dade clerk of Court.  The clerk’s office should be able to help you locate court dockets and information related to previous court proceedings that happened within that county.  The fastest way to run your search for Miami-Dade criminal records is to use the clerk’s online database by clicking here. However you can also visit their office in person or reach them by phone at:

Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building
1351 NW 12th Street
Miami, Florida 33125
305-275-1155

In addition to that resource, you can also conduct a Miami-Dade arrest search by
contacting county’s police department. Their Central Records Bureau is located at the following address:

Miami-Dade Police Department
Central Records Bureau
9105 NW 25th Street
Doral, FL 33172-1500 USA
Phone: 305-471-3220

They should be able to assist you with finding Miami-Dade arrest records as well as conduct an additional background check, provided you can give them the required personal information as outlined in their policy found here.

You will find Miami-Dade Warrants by checking with the Police Department’s online database.  They also have protocols for requesting public records which you can find by clicking here.  There are fees associated with some police information requests, so please follow the instructions on their website very carefully in order to get the correct information.

Step three – Expanding Your Inquiry to the State Level

If you have gotten this far and still want to check for any other possible warrants or criminal history, you can also follow this link to check for any Florida arrest records. Following this link will let you check to see if the person in question has any outstanding Florida warrants.