DNA Database

The FDLE DNA Database receives DNA samples from individuals arrested or convicted for offenses as mandated under 943.325, Florida Statutes, including, but not limited to, sexual assault, lewdness/indecent exposure, murder, robberies, kidnapping, assault/battery, burglary, felony firearm violations, and thefts. Multiple agencies share the responsibility of collecting DNA samples from qualifying offenders, including the Florida Department of Corrections, Department of Juvenile Justice, Sheriff’s Offices and those in charge of the county correctional facility. The law requires individuals to submit a DNA sample to the DNA Database for analysis allowing for the comparison of DNA from unresolved cases to the DNA of both known offenders and that from other unresolved cases in an attempt to identify the perpetrator. Florida Administrative Code 11D-6 supplies definitions and procedures for sample collection.  The Florida DNA Database averages over 4,500 DNA hits to unsolved crimes per year.

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FDLE is composed of five areas: Executive Direction and Business Support, Criminal Investigations and Forensic Science, Criminal Justice Information, Criminal Justice Professionalism and Florida Capitol Police. FDLE’s duties, responsibilities and procedures are mandated through Chapter 943, FS, and Chapter 11, FAC. To learn more about these areas, read our Statement of Agency Organization and Operation or visit our Open Government page.