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Purpose

A foreign judgment means any judgment, decree, or order of a court of any other state or of the United States.

Florida Enforcement of Foreign Judgment Act was established to allow holders of uncollected foreign judgments to domesticate the judgment and have a writ of execution issued in the Florida county where the judgment is recorded without having to file suit or pay a filing fee.

If the judgment holder is seeking judicial relief or to enforce the terms of the judgment (other than execution of a writ), then the case must be filed in Civil Court and there will be a filing fee.

The following apply when recording a Foreign Judgment

  1. $42.00 Foreign judgment service fee
  2. Recording fees:$10 for the first page, $8.50 for each additional page (to include judgment, affidavit and Notice to Debtor)
  3. Preparing and issuing a Notice of Judgment Debtor: $7 for each mailing
  4. Certified mail postage fees per judgment debtor (registered mail if out-of-country) $7.06 for each mailing.
  5. Indexing fees apply if more than four names are to be indexed. 
  6. Certified copy fees: $1 per page, $2 per certification (optional)
  7. Submit a self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of the recorded documents.

Additional Fees for Out-of-Country Foreign Judgments Only

If outside the U.S., fees are to be paid by separate check at the time of recording the foreign judgment. The check is held by us pending the end of the 30-day period.

  1. Foreign judgment service fee: $42
  2. Recording fees for Certificate of No Objection:.  $10
  3. Preparation the Notice of No Objection: $7 for each Notice prepared
  4. Out-Of-Country registered mail fee: $13.95  for each mailing
  5. Indexing fees apply if more than four names are to be indexed
  6. Certified copy fees: $1 per page, $2 per certification (optional)
  7. Submit a self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of the recorded documents.

What the Recording Office Does:

  1. Prepares the Notice to Debtor.
  2. Records the judgment, affidavit and the notice to debtor.
  3. Mails certified copies of the notice to the judgment debtor by certified mail return receipt requested.
  4. Returns the originals in the self-addressed stamped envelope provided.
  5. Issues the Writ of Execution afterthe 35 days has passed.

You must retain these documents in order to file and obtain a domestic case number. You will file for the domestic case number with the Clerk's Courts Division if there has been no objection after 30 days.

A writ of execution is not issued until 35 days after the mailing of the notice and no action has been filed by the judgment debtor contesting the foreign judgment. It will be the responsibility of the creditor recording the judgment to track the 35-day objection period before returning to request the issuance of the writ.

To record your Foreign Judgment please mail to:

Lee County Clerk of Courts
PO Box 2278
Fort Myers, FL 33902

For express mail delivery:

Lee County Clerk of Courts
2115 Second Street, 2nd Floor
Fort Myers, FL 33902

For more information please call 239-533-5007.