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Public Records Request

Records and Evidentiary Services

The Division is commanded by a Division Manager and is responsible for:

  • Responding to public records requests under the provisions of the Florida Public Records Act (FSS 119.07), which essentially states that everything generated by a governmental entity is a public record unless specifically exempted by law. Most requests involve obtaining copies of Accident and Offense Reports.

    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.

    Most accident reports are not available for 10-14 days after they are turned in due to the many quality control and data entry requirements involved in their processing. Crash reports may be retrieved on-line in compliance with F.S.S. 316.066 by going to http://www.stpete.org/crashreports/.

    Any Offense Reports involving criminal activity with suspect information may be subject to being excised, 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 can not be released per a variety of Florida State Statutes. Our Clerks will provide individual report release related guidance as requested or needed in person or by calling 893-7538 or visiting us in the Main Lobby of the Headquarters at 1301 First Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33705.

  • Over-the-counter copies of reports are available (see fee schedule below) Monday thru Friday from 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM (excluding Holidays).

    We receive and respond to over 10,000 mail in requests each year. An expedited return of your mail in request can be facilitated by enclosing a self-addressed, stamped envelope and $1.00 per report.

    • We also make fingerprint cards for licensing and other purposes (with the card provided by the customer)
    • Provide local (Pinellas County) criminal history background letters
    • Process all of the annually renewable Fortune Tellers permits
    • make all City Employee ID cards with proper verification from Department Directors by contacting the Division Manager.
    • Contact 893-7538 for information.
  • Citizen-initiated inquiries for criminal history checks should be addressed to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Further information about these services can be obtained by going to http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/

Fee Schedule

  • Copies of 911 calls and other recorded lines: $6.00. Extensive requests will be charged additional labor fees at a current rate of $21.00 per hour. Contact 893-7538 for specific questions.
  • Fingerprint Cards: Cost is $10.00 per card (which must be furnished by the user) and photo ID is required.
  • Reports: $.15 per single sided page and $.20 per double sided page.
  • Research: The first 30 minutes are free, then the cost is based upon the employee’s pay rate. The current rates are approximately $19.00 per hour.
  • Solicitor and Fortune Teller Permits: $44.00. Contact 893-7538 for assistance.
  • Photographs: Available on CD's for $3.00 per CD.
  • DUI Video: $3.00 per video plus postage


Records and Evidentiary Services can be reached at 727-893-7521