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Florida State Statute 119.07 allows public records requests to be responded to in a “reasonable amount of time to retrieve the record and delete those portions of the record the custodian asserts are exempt.” This cannot be defined in days, hours or minutes, as each request is unique within itself. The Records unit strives to fulfill all requests as quickly as possible. Coupled with application of law(s) and accountability of completeness, we strive to provide the best records possible within the law and within a reasonable time frame. Criminal reports under investigation will not be released until they are no longer open and actiive.
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Florida State Statute 316.066(5)(a) states that crash reports are confidential for period of 60 days after the report is filed. However, such reports are available to the parties involved in the crash including vehicle owners, their legal representatives, insurance companies/agents, prosecutorial authorities, victim services programs, and certain media outlets as described in the exemption. All authorized persons must have proper ID and have completed an “Affidavit for Release of Crash Report”. Crash reports may be requested, in person, by phone (561)304-4867 or online at PoliceRecords@vpsfl.org. For immediate access, authorized persons may request a report via the www.FloridaCrashPortal.gov website.
The final disposition of a case is determined by the State Attorney’s office www.sa15.state.fl.us and on file with the clerk of the court www.pbcountyclerk.com/.
Florida Statutes, 943.0585 and 943.059, set forth the criteria that must be met in order to be eligible to have a criminal history record sealed or expunged. In addition, these statutes also state that in order to have a criminal history record sealed or expunged within the State of Florida, an individual must first make application to the FDLE for a Certificate of Eligibility
www.fdle.state.fl.us/ . Please note that the issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility does not mean that your criminal history record will be ordered sealed or expunged. It merely indicates that you are statutorily eligible for the type of relief that is being requested.
The FDLE provides applications for Certification of Eligibility to the Clerk of Courts in all sixty- seven (67) counties throughout the State of Florida. These application packages may be obtained from the Palm Beach County Clerk of the Court at www.pbcountyclerk.com/ . If you reside outside the State of Florida, you may request that an application package be mailed to you from the Clerk of the Court.
Once this packet has been completed, accepted by the Clerk of the Court, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the State Attorney's office, this agency will be notified, and court ordered to follow either the seal or expungement order as outlined in the court documents. You will not be required to provide the Palm Springs police department with any documents as this will come directly from the Clerk of the Court.
There is only one type of background check available to you from this agency. It is a local background check only. This means, that the information provided is only generated from our computer database. For all others, contact the municipality that generated the report within their jurisdiction.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement maintains the criminal history list of all arrests within the State of Florida. For a Criminal History Background check, log onto the FDLE website for information www.fdle.state.fl.us/.
A public record is outlined in Florida State Statute 119.011(11) as, all documents papers, letters, maps, books, tapes, photographs, films, sound recordings, data processing software, or other material, regardless of the physical form, characteristics, or means of transmissions, made or received pursuant to law or ordinance or in connection with the transactions of official business of any agency. All materials made or received by an agency in connection with official business, which are used to perpetuate, communicate or formalize knowledge. All such materials, regardless of whether they are in final form, are open for public inspection unless the Legislature has exempted them from disclosure.
Florida State Statute, 119.07(4)(a)1, authorizes the custodian of records to charge a fee for duplication of records. Please contact us for a detailed list of charges.