The official database of Florida criminal records is maintained by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, under their Criminal History Information (CHI) section. This serves as the central repository of Florida criminal records. It is open to the public and anyone can use the information stored there to conduct a search for Florida criminal records or criminal history information for employment purposes.
However, the downside to this official database is that it does not come for free. Each search, no matter the outcome, whether it yields results or a “no records found” responses, costs the average Joe $23.00. Hardly free, at all. What’s more, public records researchers often regard central repositories of criminal records, including that of Florida criminal records, are incomplete sources of criminal history information. If you’re looking for statewide Florida criminal records, the CHI database is helpful but if you’re searching for lesser-known documents involving less serious crimes or offenses, then chances are, you won’t find them stored within the repository. Twenty-three dollars might be a bargain for some. But for the professional, it is only one source among many.