Protecting Your Information

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Prior to the implementation of a Florida Law which requires that images of County Official Records be published on the Internet by 2006, measures were developed to protect the most sensitive type of information. Also, on or after October 1, 2002, any person preparing or filing a document for recording in the Official Record may not include a social security number in such document unless required by law.

Florida Statute 119.07 provides that images of the following types of documents may not be placed on a publicly available Internet website

  • Military Discharge
  • Death Certificates
  • Court files, records of paper relating to matters or cases governed by:
    • The Florida Rules of Family Law
    • The Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure
    • The Florida Rules of Probate

Document types identified above which have been recorded in the county Official Records prior to the effective date of Florida Statute 119.07 will continue to be displayed on the Internet website unless a written request for removal has been presented to the Clerk.

Any affected person may request that the Clerk of Court remove an image of one of the above-listed documents from a publicly available Internet website. This request must be in writing and may be delivered in person, by mail, electronically, or by facsimile. The request must specify the identification page number of the document to be removed. Forms are available in our office or you can download the Request to Remove Exempt Information (pdf).

No fee is charged for this service.

Florida law requires that images and copies of the above listed documents remain on file and available to the public upon request in the office of the Clerk.

 Special Notice to Veterans

In recognition that there is sensitive information contained in a military discharge document SB24-E as passed in the 2002 E Special Legislative Session was passed.

Any veteran of the United States Armed Forces or his or her widow or widower, attorney, personal representative, executor, or court appointed guardian has the right to request the Clerk to remove from the Official Records any military-separation forms recorded by or on behalf of the requesting veteran. The forms eligible for removal include: DD-214, DD-215, WD AGO 53, WD AGO 53-55, NAVMC 78-PD, and NAVPERS 553.

The request must be made in person at the Clerk’s office. The requestor must present appropriate identification and be able to specify the official record book and page number of the form to be removed. No fee is charged for this service.

Please be advised that once your request is implemented, there will no longer be any record of the removed document in the official records and such process will be permanent and irreversible. Please obtain as many certified copies of your separation document as you might need in the future before removal is made. 

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