Background checks (also known as good conduct letters) are sometimes required for employment, housing, adoption, immigration and other personal reasons. Background checks include arrest records only and do not include traffic violations or other incidents which did not result in an arrest. According to Florida public record statutes, anyone may request a background check on another person, subject to certain privacy and restricted information laws.
The Highlands County Sheriff's Office only provides records for jurisdictions within Highlands County. For information from other municipalities or counties, contact the appropriate agency. For a statewide record check, contact the Florida Department of Law Enforcement
at (850) 410-8109, via e-mail at email@example.com
or by regular mail:
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Statewide Background Checks
PO Box 1489
Tallahassee, FL 32302
FDLE's fee information is available at their web site.
Accident and event reports are available from HCSO for incidents in which reports were taken by a HCSO deputy, generally in a HCSO jurisdiction. If a report was taken by a law enforcement officer from another agency (for example, City of Sebring, City of Avon Park, City of Lake Placid or the Florida Highway Patrol), HCSO will not have the records. Contact the appropriate agency for the information.
According to Florida public record statutes, anyone may request an accident or offense report, subject to certain privacy and restricted information laws. If you wish to obtain a traffic accident report within 60 days of the incident, Florida law requires that you complete a Request for Traffic Crash Report Information Form indicating you are entitled to receive it. To obtain a form please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you obtain the form and complete it, mail the completed and signed form with your letter of request to the address below. After 60 days, the form is not necessary and anyone may obtain a copy of the report.
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