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Vehicle Identification Number Verifications can be performed at the Sheriff's Office during normal
business hours. The fee is $4.00 per vehicle. If the vehicle is not able to be driven to Sheriff's Office a
deputy will be sent to where the vehicle is located to perform the check. The vehicle must be in
Desoto County and the $4.00 must be pre-paid in person at the Records Office.

Fingerprint services are also available at the Records Office.  You must have a valid state/government I.D.
There is a $5.00 local fee for this service and a FDLE processing fee. For exact price of FDLE processing fee Call Records
Division at 863-993-4700.

Public Records Requests are released in accordance with Chapter 119 F.S.S.
Fee is $0.15 per page, $0.20 per double sided page.
Notary service $5.00 per notarized page.

Fix It Ticket Checks are available during normal business hours. You must have your
copy of the UTC Ticket.




Click on this link for information on the service of civil process

Law Enforcement Assistance in Property Protection Program provides citizens an inventory record of their personal property for their protection in case of fire, flood, or theft. Click L.E.A.P.P. to download your Inventory Sheet or stop by the DeSoto County Sheriff's Office located at 208 E. Cypress Street, for your free copy.

Keep this record in a safe place away from valuables

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Local Adult Background Checks

Request for local Background checks can be obtained by visiting the Records Department Monday thru Friday between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. We are closed on Legal Holidays.  A $5.00 fee is required(Cash Only)

Juvenile Background Checks

A juvenile seeking a background check must come to the Sheriff's Office with photo
Identification (Picture I.D. card or Driver's License) or a parent/guardian may obtain the
background information with an original birth certificate of the juvenile and proper photo
identification. A $5.00 fee is required ( Cash Only )

Statewide Background Checks

Requests for Florida Criminal History Information must be submitted to:

Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE)
User Services Bureau
Post Office Box 1489
Tallahassee, Florida 32302

(850) 410-8109

Or access the website at: http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/

Requests must include: name, race, sex, date of birth, and any other identifying characteristics. A $24 fee (check or money order payable to FDLE), must accompany each request. This information is available as public record request, Chapter 119 F.S.S.

National Record Check Information

Requests for National Criminal History Information must be submitted to:

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Identification Division
10th and Pennsylvania avenues NW
Washington, DC 20537-9700

Or access the website at: http://www.fbi.gov/

Requests must include: applicant fingerprint card.

FTC-Scam Prevention Site-Money Matters

The federal government has a new tool to stop people from being scammed during the recession. The Federal Trade Commission launched a new Web site called Money Matters that they hope will help the public avoid bogus companies. "For the most part, fraud preys on consumers not knowing what is going on and not understanding what is happening. So, if we can get the consumer educated, it is much harder for the bad guys to convince the consumer to fork over their money." The site is filled with tips and warning signs for consumers about scams. The FTC especially wants people to be aware of businesses who promise to help homeowners from foreclosure. The Web site has information on scams, credit cards, managing money, dealing with debt and individuals jobs.




In response to Florida's ongoing prescription-drug abuse problems, the Drug
Enforcement Administration has launched a pill-mill tip line. 

Law-enforcement officers throughout the state continue to investigate rogue
doctors who dole out powerful, addictive drugs to people who don't have a
true, medical need for the pills.

DEA's 24-hour tip line is 888-954-4662. Tips can also be sent to

   U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations, (HSI) is committed to protecting the public and ensuring that the rights of victims are observed. HSI administers the Victim Notification Program which allows eligible victims and witnesses to obtain reliable and timely information regarding a criminal alien's release from custody.Click the link above to access the HSI Victim Notification Program.

Florida's Identity Theft Victim Kit
A guide for victims of identity theft, detailing what to do, and who to contact.
 Click the link above to download the Florida Identity Theft Kit.

This site contains records from Florida law enforcement agencies that have been selected for public access by those agencies. Other records may exist that have not been selected for public access. Please contact your local law enforcement agency or the reporting agency if you believe any of the information is in error or if you have concerns or questions about any person or item of property listed. FDLE and the reporting agencies strongly recommend that you take no individual action with regard to any person or property listed in this site and that you contact your local law enforcement agency or the reporting agency before taking any action.

Information provided through this site is updated from the Florida Crime Information Center files every 24 hours.

From this page you can access pages that will allow you to conduct searches on the following categories:

Wanted Persons
Missing Persons
Stolen Vehicles
Stolen Vehicle Parts
Stolen License Plates
Stolen License Decals
Stolen Boats
Stolen Boat Parts
Stolen Boat Decals
Stolen Guns
Stolen Articles

In our ongoing effort to keep the public informed, the Desoto County Sheriff's Office encourages everyone to please read or click on the links below to keep informed. Some classes canhelp you earn extra college credits.

EMI curricula are structured to meet the needs of this diverse audience with an emphasis on how the various elements work together in emergencies to save lives and protect property. Instruction focuses on the four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

EMI develops courses and administers resident and non-resident training programs in areas such as natural hazards (earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, dam safety), technological hazards (hazardous materials, terrorism, radiological incidents, chemical stockpile emergency preparedness), professional development, leadership, instructional methodology, exercise design and evaluation, information technology, public information, integrated emergency management, and train-the-trainers.

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers more than forty independent study courses. These are self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public. For most of our courses you will need to download and print the materials. Others are interactive courses that you can take directly over the internet on the NETC Virtual Campus. All are offered free-of-charge to those who qualify for enrollment. Each Independent Study Course includes lessons with practice exercises and a final examination. Students who score 75 percent or better are issued a certificate of achievement from EMI.

Enrollment in EMI courses is generally limited to U.S. residents; however, each year a limited number of international participants are accommodated in EMI courses.

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Desoto County Sheriff's Office
William P. Wise Sheriff

208 East Cypress Street
Arcadia, Fl. 34266
(863) 993-4700
 743-6777 South County Residents

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