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Conducting a Miami Background Check in Three Simple Steps Conducting a Miami Background Check in Three Simple Steps How to run a step by step Miami background check. Guidelines for tracing criminal court records, arrest records & warrants in Miami and Miami-Dade County, FL.
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Conducting a Miami Background Check in Three Simple Steps

There are lots of reasons in today’s world for running a background check: Hiring a new employee, someone has started dating your daughter or due diligence research before recommending a person for any position of trust. The most common things you will be looking for are warrants and records of incarceration, but we will also cover locating court dockets.

Step One – Contacting Miami Police Department

The simplest way to start your Miami background check (keep in mind this is within the city only) is by contacting the Miami Police Department (MPD). They have access to both Miami arrest records and Miami warrants. However, because it is the police department and not the clerk’s office, they will not be able to assist you with Miami court records. Their contact details are as follows: 400 NW 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33128 Telephone number: 305-603-6640 Fax: 305-579-6635. Once you have made contact with them, you can tell the officer the information you are looking for and he/she can direct you to the specific department or person who will help you with your request.

In addition, you may go to the MPD's website ( and file an online request to view public records without leaving your home. You'll have to create an account, but once you do that, you will be able to follow the status of your request on the web.

Step Two – Using the County's Resources to Trace a Person's Criminal History

Once you have pursued the above avenue for information on the city level, you are then ready to move on to the next step of checking with the Miami-Dade clerk of Court.  The Clerk’s office should be able to help you locate court dockets and information related to previous court proceedings that happened within that county.

The fastest way to run your search for Miami-Dade criminal records is to use the clerk’s online database by visiting You can also visit their office in person or reach them by phone at: Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building 1351 NW 12th Street Miami, Florida 33125 305-275-1155.

To conduct a Miami-Dade arrest search, you should contact the county's police department (MDPD). Their Central Records Bureau is located at the following address: Miami-Dade Police Department Central Records Bureau 9105 NW 25th Street Doral, FL 33172-1500 USA Phone: 305-471-3220. They should be able to assist you with finding Miami-Dade arrest records as well as conduct an additional background check, provided you can give them the required personal information as outlined in their policy found at

To perform an online inquiry, use the online inmate check tool maintained by the Correction and Rehabilitation Department ( It's a free search which requires no more than the offender's name.

Lastly, you will find Miami-Dade warrants by by running on online inquiry using the electronic database of the MDPD Crime Information Center located at It presents all types of arrest orders issued in the county from Bench warrants to Magistrate warrants.

Step three – Expanding Your Inquiry to the State Level

If you have gotten this far and still want to check for any other possible warrants or criminal history, you can also follow this link to check for any Florida arrest records. Refferring to the FDLE Crime information Center - Public Access System (, you will be able to check if the person in question has any outstanding Florida warrants issued againsit him/her.