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Purpose

A foreign judgment means any judgment, decree, or order of a court from 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.

Submit: 

  1.  Certified Copy of Foreign Judgement 
  2. Affidavit executed by the Judgement holder containing the last known addresses of judgement debtor(s), judgement creditor(s) and creditor's attorney (if any).
  3. Notice to Judgement Debtor(s). If Notice not provided upon submission, Clerk's Office will prepare for $7.00 per Notice.
  4. Fees (see below)
  5. Self Addressed Stamped Envelope for return of recorded judgement

 The following fees  apply when recording a Foreign Judgment:

  1. $42.00 Foreign Judgment Service Fee
  2. IF Clerk's Office is preparing and issuing a Notice of Judgment to Debtor(s): $7 for each mailing per debtor, our notices are 1 page each.
  3. Recording Fees: $10 for the first page, $8.50 for each additional page (to include Affidavit, Certified Copy of Judgment,  and Notice to Debtor(s))
  4. Certified mail postage fees per judgment debtor $7.75 for each mailing.
  5. Indexing fees apply if more than four names are to be indexed (names include all creditor(s) and debtor(s)) 
  6. Certified copy fees: $1 per page, $2 per certification (upon request)   

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.

  1. Recording fees for Certificate of No Objection:.  $10
  2. Preparation of the Notice of No Objection: $7 for each Notice prepared    
  3. Out-Of-Country registered mail fee for each mailing 

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 after the 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.