E-file with court:
- Complaint for enforcement of foreign judgment
- One document (PDF) containing (1) certified or authenticated copy of the foreign judgment; and (2) affidavit with the judgment debtor’s name, last known address, and social security number, if known, the judgment creditor’s address. It is optional to add the creditor’s attorney's name, address, telephone number, and bar number.
- Notice to the judgment debtor, see sample form here, to be completed and submitted by the judgment creditor. DO NOT include this notice as part of the foreign judgment PDF, since it does not get recorded. The judgment creditor may mail a separate notice of recording of the judgment to the debtors and file proof of mailing in the domestication file when opened.
- Select Division Circuit Civil for judgments of $15,000 or more or Division County Civil for judgments less than $15,000.
- Then select Case Type Specialized Other and Sub Type Foreign Judgment Domestication
- FOR ENFORCEMENT ONLY: Filing fee based on amount of judgment: $400.00 for circuit court; $300.00 for county court, etc.
- Foreign Judgment fee of $42.00 , FS 55.505(3)
- Recording Fees of $10.00 for 1st page and $8.50 for each additional page FOR judgment and affidavit, only, NOT notice to judgment debtor, FS 55.505(2)
- Verification fee of $3.50 , FS 28.24(4)
- Copy fees of $1.00 per page to copy judgment, affidavit, and notice for mailing
- Certified mail postage fees per judgment debtor (registered mail if out-of-country)$6.74 for each mailing, FS 55.505(2), packages exceeding 6 pages per mailing will require additional postage fees
- Indexing fees of $1.00 per name if more than 4 names are to be indexed, FS 28.24(12)(c)
Issuance of Writ of Execution
If proper proofs of mailing are filed, the clerk will issue a writ of execution upon presentment. A proposed writ of execution can be e-filed.
Issuance of Writ of Garnishment
A motion for a writ of garnishment requires judicial involvement and therefore requires the payment of a full filing fee for instituting a new civil action based on the jurisdictional amount of the foreign judgment in addition to the garnishment fee of $85. Your writ of garnishment must include the garnishee's address. The motion and proposed writ can be e-filed, however, do not e-file the proposed writ until it is ready to be issued.
For more information regarding writs of garnishment, please contact the Civil Department at:
Do not compute the amount of interest into the total amount due on your motion and writ. Indicate that interest is owed, the percent, and the date interest began to accrue, but do not add this amount to your judgment. The interest rate is the interest rate in effect as of the law of the state or country where the judgment was entered. If the interest rate is not shown on the face of the judgment, provide a separate memo or letter explaining what the interest rate is and documentation to support that interest rate.
For additional information refer to in chapter 55 of the Florida Statutes and the “Florida Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act” contained in sections 55.501 through 55.509