General Information About Florida Public Records and Laws
Florida public records provide individuals and businesses with important information. There are numerous ways to access this information. Under Florida law, individuals and businesses have the ability to gather some types of information as is necessary. Individuals who have an interest, whether for their own betterment for another's can access this public record detail. The state has numerous public record laws, many of them providing for disclosure of non-sensitive government and other public domain information. The Public Records Law is the Public Records Chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes.
What Information Is Included?
The Florida public records available range widely. Most information is available as long as the information is not deemed sensitive in some nature. In many situations, individuals and businesses can obtain the information necessary to make key decisions. Information such as the following is available through public records.
·Criminal record information
·Court records for civil and criminal events, unless the file is sealed (due to sensitive information or juvenile records)
·Divorce and marriage records
·Property records searches, including information regarding the sale and transfer of property, tax records and mortgage details
·Professional licenses and business certifications, licensing and other records
In Florida, public records may or may not include all of this information. Under the state's laws, individuals and businesses have the right to access this information and the department must make reasonable steps to obtain the information in a timely manner. Making vital statistics and other information available during normal business hours is necessary, though.
Gathering Florida Public Records
Individuals who wish to gather these records can do so in several ways. Some of the departments and organizations that oversea the records will provide online access to individuals. Searching by name, date or other data may be necessary. Not all public records and archives are available online. In other cases, the individual may need to visit the proper department to request the information being sought after. Some of that information may be readily available. The following organizations provide for onsite examination of records.
·The DHSMV provides information regarding the accident reports occurring in the state.
·The Attorney General's Office provides information regarding businesses and organizations in the state, through the Legal Affairs Department.
·For birth and death certificates, as well as other public records for vital statistics, contact the Department of Health State Office of Vital Statistics.
·The Division of Corporations manages all public records available from corporations within the limits of the laws.
·Criminal records searchers are conducted through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement User Services Bureau.
·For driver's license information, the Division of Drivers Licenses Bureau of Records provides this information.
Florida public records information remains readily available to those who need it. This information is not limited in terms of how it can be used. However, gathering accurate information from official sources is often required to ensure authenticity in these records.
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