COVID-19 Updates

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. 


Matters that take an extended period of time may not be able to done at the drive-thru, and an appointment for counter service will be required.


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


Counter Service:


Counter Service is available by appointment only in the Official Records, Civil, Criminal, Traffic, and Research Departments. The Finance and Accounting and Offsite Records Departments remain closed to the public.

To set an appointment, please call one of the following numbers.

Official Records: 352-374-3625

Marriages: 352-374-3623

Passports: 352-374-3625

Civil: 352-374-3618

Traffic: 352-374-3609

Criminal: 352-337-6250

Please be aware, pursuant to 8th Circuit Administrative Order 11.32, all individuals are required to wear a face covering which covers the nose and mouth at all times while in the courthouse or provide medical documentation authorizing exemption due to a verifiable medical condition. 

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


The Official Records counter is now open to the public, but on an appointment basis only. To make an appointment please call 352-374-3625.

Documents may also be dropped off for recording with payment and a self-addressed and stamped envelope at the drive-thru or drop-box next to the drive-thru window, but immediate recording will not be performed. 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 currently accepting appointments for wedding ceremonies at the courthouse. 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 are scheduled to resume beginning October 5, 2020.  


Enhanced health-safety procedures and a modified juror experience will be in place. Included with the summons is additional information regarding safety precautions and a new COVID-19 specific juror excusal request form.  


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.


Value Adjustment Board


To file a 2020 Value Adjustmaent Board Petition online visit:
http://vab.alachuaclerk.org/AxiaWeb2020/​


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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