COVID-19 Updates

Following recent directives regarding the mitigation of the spread of COVID-19, the public areas of the Alachua County Clerk's Office are currently closed to the general public for a temporary basis

 

Though our public areas will be closed, the Clerk's Office remains open, and we are working hard to continue to offer exceptional service while maintaining the safety of the people we serve and staff of the office.  


Online Service


Many of the primary services the Clerk's Office performs, including the filing of court documents, recording of deeds, mortgages, and other official records, and payment of traffic citations, may be done online. 


To file court documents online visit: 
https://www.alachuacounty.us/Depts/Clerk/Pages/eFiling.aspx 


To record documents into the Official Record online visit:
 https://www.alachuacounty.us/Depts/Clerk/Pages/e-Recording.aspx 


To pay a traffic citation online visit:
 https://www.alachuacounty.us/depts/clerk/traffic%20citations/pages/payticket.aspx 


To research the court records online visit: 
https://www.alachuacounty.us/depts/clerk/publicrecords/pages/courtrecords.aspx 


To research the official records online visit: 
https://www.alachuacounty.us/Depts/Clerk/PublicRecords/Pages/Disclaimer.aspx 



Phone Service:


For court payments or questions on how to accomplish anything, you may call us at 352-374-3636. 


Drive-Thru Service:


For business that is unable to be completed online or over the phone, a temporary drive-thru window is available on the south side of the Family and Civil Courthouse. The window will be open 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, normal work days.


An after-hours drop box is also available next to the drive-thru window for drop-offs​.


Recording:


For the recording of documents into the Official Record, we encourage the use of our online services. Additional information is available on our webpage:
https://www.alachuacounty.us/Depts/Clerk/Pages/e-Recording.aspx 


Documents may also be mailed to the office with payment and a self-addressed and stamped return envelope to:


Clerk of the Court
201 East University Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601


If necessary to use the drive-thru for recording, immediate recording will not be performed, but documents may be dropped off with payment and a self-addressed and stamped return envelope at the drive-thru or drop-box next to the drive-thru window. The recording will be done within one (1) business day, and the originals returned in the mail. 


Copy Requests:


Requests for copies or certified copies of any records may be emailed to clerk@alachuaclerk.org.


Marriages

We will continue to process marriage license applications, but they will be done on an appointment basis. To make an appointment please call 352-374-3623. 


We are accepting appointments for weddings at the courthouse to begin June 1st. The wedding ceremony will take place outside, in front of the courthouse (weather permitting). The number of guests that are permitted to attend is seven (7), and all social distancing and face covering guidelines must be followed. If there is inclement weather, the ceremony will take place inside the courthouse lobby, and the number of guests will be limited to two (2). Please call 352-374-3623 to schedule an appointment.


Passports


We have resumed passport services on an appointment basis. You may now call to set an appointment for passport application processing and picture taking. Please call 352-374-3625 to schedule an appointment.


The U.S. State Department has issued an advisory stating the processing of passport applications will be significantly slowed, and for applicants to expect significant delays. Futhermore, the U.S. State Department is not offering expedited services.


If you have a life-or-death emergency necessitating international travel, information from the U.S. Department of State is available at: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports.html/.


Court Events


For Administrative Orders from the Chief Judge of the 8th Judicial Circuit regarding any cancelations of court events or changes in procedures visit:  
www.circuit8.org​​  


For case specific information, you may contact your attorney, review the court file online, or contact the Judicial Assistant of the assigned judge.  


Jury Service


Jury trials have been suspended through July 2nd. Jurors summoned for dates in May and June do not need to report​. ​


If you are summoned for jury service on dates beyond those canceled and you are currently ill, have been exposed to the virus, or are particularly vulnerable, you may request an excusal from service online.  


To request a jury service excusal or postponement online visit:
 https://circuit8.org/jury-excusal/​ 


Tax Deed Auctions


Tax deed auctions will now be conducted online. Further information is available at: 
https://www.alachuacounty.us/Depts/Clerk/TaxDeeds/Pages/TaxDeedSales.aspx​ 


Office Safety


Partitions, enhanced cleaning, and safety procedures have been put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 at the Clerk’s Office. When conducting business with the office, all guidelines regarding social distancing and face covering need to be followed.


This informational page will be updated as the situation evolves. 


Hopefully these changes will be short term. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Stay safe! 

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