911 is for emergencies or things that could become emergencies.
Is there a threat to life or property?
Are you or someone else the victim of a crime?
Do you have a police emergency?
Do you or someone else have a medical emergency?
Do you need the fire department?
If the situation seems urgent and has the potential to become dangerous, call 911. Dispatchers will determine whether your call should be handled by 911 or can be transferred to another person or agency. All other calls should be directed to our non-emergency number (850) 892-8111.
If you accidentally dial 911, do not hang up. Stay on the line and tell the dispatcher that everything is alright. If you don’t, the dispatcher may think that something is wrong and send a deputy to check.
See our Employment page.
See our Crime Stoppers page.
A copy of an accident or incident report can be obtained by contacting the WCSO by:
Calling the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 892-8186
Coming into one of our offices:
752 Triple G. Road
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433
133 S. Sheriff’s Drive
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Fax: 1 (888) 977-1495 (ATTN: Records Division)
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.Please be sure to include enough information so that your request can be accurately completed.
See our Neighborhood Watch Program page.
See the Internal Affairs section on our Professional Standards Page.
Obtain an Application for Concealed Weapon or Firearm License by contacting the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Licensing to complete the online request form for the application packet. The application packet includes the form to be filled out, a copy of Chapter 790, Florida Statutes, a fingerprint card, and a return envelope for the completed application. The information provided below is an overview of the application process. Additional information is provided in the application instructions booklet included with your application.
Read and study the copy of Chapter 790, Florida Statutes.
Have a passport-style, color photograph made.
Get verification of training that satisfies the training requirement. The application lists acceptable documents. Make a photocopy to send with the application as an original cannot be returned. Persons serving in the United States Armed Forces may submit a copy of their Military ID Card or DD-214 to satisfy the training requirement.
Get certified copies of court documents relating to any criminal charges against you.
Take the fingerprint card to a local law enforcement agency and ask to be fingerprinted. In addition to providing fingerprinting services for the traditional “hard-card” format, electronic fingerprint devices are available at almost all 67 county sheriff’s offices in the state.
Complete the application. Either print clearly with ink or type the information.
In the presence of a notary, sign the application.
Submit a check or money order for the license fee payable to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. This fee is not refundable.
Fingerprint card or proof that your fingerprints were submitted electronically by the sheriff’s office using Live Scan (along with proof that you paid the sheriff’s office or the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for the service).
Proof of training
Certified court documents (if any)
Application with notarized signature
Mail to Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Licensing, P.O. Box 6687, Tallahassee, FL 32314.
The Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm License is valid for a period of seven years. Approximately 90 days prior to the license’s expiration date, the Division automatically sends a renewal notice to the address we have on file for the license holder.
When and where can I have my fingerprints taken?
Ink fingerprints can be obtained at either location of the WCSO Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. LiveScan prints are available at
752 Triple G. Road
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433
133 S. Sheriff’s Drive
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
The Walton County Sheriff’s office does not charge a fee for ink prints of any type. There is a charge of $34.25 for concealed weapons permit prints that are taken using the Live Scan unit.
The charge depends on what type of service it is:
Non Enforceable is $40 per person.
Enforceable is $50 (in some instances per person)
See the Civilian Firearms Class page.
The fee is $50 for the gun safety course.
Fingerprint cards are available at the WCSO for the printing of children, but not for any other purpose. Fingerprint cards are normally provided by the employer or organization who is requesting the fingerprints be taken. Each agency is issued fingerprint cards that are printed with their identification ORI number.
The process consists of three steps.
The landlord sends the tenant a letter telling them to vacate within a specific amount of time.
Once that time has passed, he landlord goes to the Clerk of Court to obtain a “Complaint for Eviction” (five day notice). Once that has been served or posted the tenant has five business days to answer, move or make amends with the landlord.
The landlord then goes to the clerk of the court for a Writ of Possession. The clerk will then prepare the paperwork for the judge’s signature and then send the paperwork to the Civil Process Division of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. The deputy will then post the writ. The landlord will then contact the civil division for a lock out date and time. The writ must be posted for 24 hours, calculated from the time the deputy posts it on the residence to 24 hours later. An example would be if it is posted at 2 p.m., the time is up at 2 p.m. tomorrow. The only time there is an exception is if it is posted on a Friday. It would then be extended to the next business day.
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.
A restraining order differs from an injunction in that it can be granted immediately, without a hearing and without any notice to the opposing party. Restraining orders are temporary; they are intended to last only until a hearing can take place. If a restraining order is violated, call 9-1-1 and report the situation. The violating party can be arrested immediately and taken into custody.
To obtain a restraining order, go to the Walton County Courthouse at 571 US Highway 90 East, DeFuniak Springs, Fla., during regular business hours. A person who refuses to follow a judge’s order can be put in jail. If the abuser disobeys the judges order, contact the sheriff’s department and show them the certified copy of the restraining order. In some cases the officer will arrest the abuser. Also, you can ask the judge to hold the abuser responsible for not following the judges order.
From Santa Rosa Beach, take US 331 heading north until you come to the intersection of Highway 90. Turn right on US-90 east. Turn left at the next traffic light onto FL-83 N 9th Street. Continue to follow FL-83 to CR-1883 and turn right. Take your next right onto Triple G Road. Follow the road around to the WCSO.
From Paxton, travel US 331 south approximately 19 miles and turn left onto Sunrise Road. At the stop sign, continue across Highway 83 onto CR 1883. Take your first right onto Triple G Road. Follow the road around to the WCSO.
Contact the Walton County Planning Department at (850) 267-1955.
Beach permits can be purchased at either of the Tax Collector locations in the county. The dog owner must be either:
A property owner in Walton County or a permanent, year-round resident of Walton County and furnish a valid Walton County voter’s registration card or a valid driver’s license with a verifiable Walton County street address. Note: proof of property ownership will be verified by the tax collector’s office at the time of application.
You must also provide documentation from your veterinarian that your dog(s) vaccinations are current. Please note that the name of the dog owner on the vet records must match the name of the property ownership records of the tax collector.
The cost of the license is $30 per year and each permit issued shall be for a period of one year and will expire August 1 of each year, with a grace period until August 15 of each year. Proof of property ownership and updated vaccination records must be verified at each renewal. Permit renewal and new permits are available for issue at both Walton County Tax Collector locations.
The Dog On the Beach Permit grants dog owners the following:
The beach dog tag allows you to walk your dog ON A LEASH, on Walton County beaches between the following hours:
Standard Time 3 p.m. – 9 a.m.
Daylight Savings Time 4 p.m. – 8 a.m.
* Certain beach areas prohibit pets
* State owned beach access areas, in Walton County prohibit pets on the beach! Please adhere to the posted signage in these areas. For more information you may visit Walton County Tax Collector
See the Identity Theft topic on our Crime Prevention page.
If I am contacted by someone by phone, e-mail, or letter and I think it is a scam, what should I do?
Please contact the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office immediately. You are not likely to be the only victim and we may need to do an awareness campaign to try to prevent others from falling victim. Scams are often regional or national and we can forward your information to help ensure federal and state agencies can apply a more coordinated approach to stop the scams.