Police Records Request
The Palm Beach Police Department Records Unit is responsible for: Responding to public records requests under the provisions of the Florida Public Records Act (FSS 119.07).
Any Offense Reports* involving criminal activity with suspect information may be subject to redaction, depending on whether or not the case has been closed and/or until such time as the status of any other judicial actions have been ascertained. Other reports and documents, by their sensitive natures, may not be public records and cannot be released per a variety of Florida State Statutes.
Over-the-counter copies of reports are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM excluding Holidays (see fee schedule below).
FILL OUT A PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST USING THE GOVQA PORTAL
The Records Custodian will provide individual reports as requested in person in the Main Lobby of the Police Department at 345 S. County Road, Palm Beach, FL 33480, or by calling 561-838-5480. Offense Reports involving a juvenile will not be released according to State Statute, without proper identification and/or required proof of involvement, unless one of the following criteria is met: the child was taken into custody for an offense that would be a felony if committed by an adult, the child has been transferred into the adult (criminal justice) system, the child has been automatically direct filed into adult court, or the child transferred into adult system but sentenced to the juvenile system. If one of the above criteria is met the request will be handled according to the normal State Statute regarding requests for reports.
For Florida State criminal history to include juvenile convictions, please contact the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), Attention Public Records, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida 32302 or by going to FDLE's website or calling (850) 410-8109.
For Driver’s License History regarding infractions and criminal citations, please contact the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV).
“Accident reports are confidential and exempt from disclosure for a period of 60 days after the date the crash report is filed. §316.066(3)(c) Fla. Stats. (2003). Prior to the conclusion of the 60-day waiting period, accident reports will be released only to a person involved in the crash (who must show valid ID) and the following, which must provide an Accident Sworn Statement;
- The legal representative of a party involved in the crash (Accident Sworn Statement); OR Immediate Relative (Accident Sworn Statement) OR Written Authority from immediate relative (Accident Sworn Statement);
- The licensed insurance agent of a party involved in the crash, or a party who has applied for insurance coverage (Accident Sworn Statement);
- A person under contract to provide claims or underwriting information to a qualifying insurance company (Accident Sworn Statement);
- A prosecuting authority (Accident Sworn Statement);
- A representative of a radio or television station licensed by the FCC, a newspaper qualified to publish legal notices, or a free newspaper of general circulation which qualifies under Statute 316.066(3)(C) (Accident Sworn Statement); or - a state or federal agency representative who is authorized by law to have access to these reports. All required credentials or identification must be reviewed by a Records Specialist prior to the report's release.
Please remember that Accident Reports can generally not be provided to anyone other than the persons involved, their insurance companies or their Attorneys until 60 days after the accident*.
Fee Schedule: First 10 pages free; each additional page $.05 - contact a Records Specialist if any research requires more than ½ hour as requestor will be charged the hourly rate of the Records Specialist plus $.15 per page.
The Town of Palm Beach is highly committed to transparency and efficiency in fulfilling public records requests. Please visit our public records request portal to submit a request.
Notice: Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing. Fla. Stat. 668.6076, History.-s, 1, ch. 2006-232.30.