Police Records Request - FOIA

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 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 cannot be released per a variety of Florida State Statutes.

 Over-the-counter copies of reports are available (see fee schedule below) 

 Monday thru Friday from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM (excluding Holidays)


Our Records Custodian will provide individual report release related guidance as requested or needed in person or by calling 561-838-5480 or visiting us in the Main Lobby of the Police Department at 345 S. County Road, Palm Beach, FL 33480. 

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/ or calling (850) 410-8109.

Offense Reports involving a juvenile not will be released according to State Statute, without proper identification and/or required proof of involvement.  Please contact the Records Unit at (561)838-5480 for requirements regarding the release of any juvenile information.  

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 the following and a completed Sworn Statement for Traffic Crash Report Information must be completed, unless you are a party involved in the crash:

• A party involved in the crash (photo identification required); 

• 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.


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.