Police reports are public records except as otherwise made exempt or confidential by statutory authority. Every citizen is permitted to obtain or examine nonexempt or non-confidential police reports. Report pick-up hours are 8 A.M. to 6 P.M. Monday through Thursday, excluding legal holidays. Reports may be obtained at Police Records - 5790 Margate Blvd., Margate, FL 33063. The Records Unit telephone number is (954)935-5396.
- $ .15 single sided copy, per page.
- $ .20 double sided copy.
- $1.00 per page certified true copies.
Other fees may apply as prescribed by statute for nonexempt photos and other miscellaneous type records. Cash, checks and credit cards (Visa and MasterCard) are accepted as forms of payment for duplication, service charges, fines and fees.
TRAFFIC CRASH REPORTS
Florida Statutes 316.066(3)(a-e), "Written reports of crashes", governs the completion and subsequent distribution of traffic crash reports. Traffic crash reports are exempt from public disclosure for a period of 60 days after the date the report is filed. Dissemination is permitted during the 60 day exemption period for parties involved in the crash and other specific individuals and entities as outlined in the statute upon presentation of identification. This statute also provides criminal penalties (third degree felony) for the unlawful disclosure of confidential personal information and for unlawfully obtaining or attempting to obtain confidential personal information via crash reports.
Nonexempt Police and crash reports are available approximately 5-7 business days after the date of the crash.
You may email the Police Department Records Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org to initiate a request for a copy of a nonexempt police or crash report.
Faxing of nonexempt police records may be done only in exigent situations. Please contact the Records Unit telephonically to coordinate this type of request.
ALARM PERMIT INITIAL APPLICATION AND FINE PAYMENT
The initial alarm permit fee for an unregistered security alarm system is $25.00. This fee represents a one time fee that is valid as long as the residence or business does not change ownership or control. Alarm permit applications may be obtained in person at the main police department, or the Neighborhood Policing Office (located at 1827 Banks Rd.). Applications may also be downloaded from the Alarm Ordinance tab on the police department homepage.
Alarm violation fines are accepted via mail or in person at the Records Unit.
EQUIPMENT REPAIR VIOLATIONS Equipment repair verifications for vehicles cited for equipment violations, payment of parking fees and other related requests for nonexempt records may be obtained from the Records Unit during normal business hours.
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT DOES NOT OFFER FINGERPRINTING SERVICES.