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Background Checks

Background checks are sometimes required for employment, housing, adoption, immigration and other personal reasons.  Background checks include arrest records only and do not include traffic violations or other incidents which did not result in an arrest.  According to Florida public record statutes, anyone may request a background check on another person, subject to certain privacy and restricted information laws.

The Broward Sheriff's Office only provides records for BSO's jurisdictions within Broward County.  For information from other municipalities or counties, contact the appropriate agency.  For a statewide record check, contact the Florida Department of Law Enforcement at 850-410-8109 or visit

For more details visit the BSO Records/Warrants Division or call call 954-831-8700.

Fingerprinting Services

Fingerprinting services are offered to Weston residents.  You must bring a driver’s license or state identification card and any billing statement that also has your address on it, such as a utility bill.  Please call to confirm prior to your visit:  954-389-2010.

Fingerprinting services are offered at the:

Weston Police Services Center
17300 Royal Palm Boulevard
Weston, FL  33326
Phone: 954-831-8700
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Children’s fingerprinting is occasionally offered during BSO special events and programs.

Police Report Requests

Copies of Police Reports are obtained from the:

Broward Sheriff’s Office
Main Public Safety Building
2601 W. Broward Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33131

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Accident and event reports are available from BSO for incidents in which reports were taken by a BSO deputy.  All requests must be picked up in person and paid for at the time of pickup.

Save time, make your request online.  An express pick-up line is available in the lobby of the BSO Main Public Safety building, exclusively for online requests.

Visit the BSO Records/Warrants Division for details.

Restraining Order Requests

Restraining orders are issued by a judge and are intended to protect those who fear for their own safety.  Essentially, a restraining order prohibits an individual from an action that is likely to cause harm; usually, a restraining order prevents any contact or communication between two or more people.  Restraining order requests must be made at the Broward County Courthouse.  The process takes approximately three hours to complete, so it is suggested to arrive early.

Broward County Courthouse
201 S.E. 6 Street, Room 248
Ft. Lauderdale, FL  33301  

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

There is no charge or fee to obtain a restraining order.

If you find yourself in a life-threatening domestic violence situation after 5:00 PM on weekdays or during the weekend and holidays, have no safe shelter, and wish to apply for an emergency domestic violence restraining order immediately, call 954-463-0911 for assistance.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office offers more information on restraining orders.


Arrest Search

For information on someone that has been arrested by the Broward Sheriff's Office, please visit for more information.