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The Duval Courthouse location of the Clerk’s Office remains open only for essential services as required by law. Information on services that are impacted or unavailable at this time will be posted below on this page. We encourage everyone to consider taking advantage of our online services wherever possible.
For additional information regarding other city offices and important safety guidelines, please visit the JaxReady COVID-19 page on the City of Jacksonville website.
As the Duval County Courthouse remains closed for in-person service, all payments for services should be submitted in the form of either a money order or certified/cashier’s check made payable to the Duval County Clerk of Court. This includes payment by mail or via the drop boxes at the Courthouse entrance. All online payment options also remain available to customers.
The Clerk’s Beaches branch is open for in-person service by appointment. In addition to payment by money order or certified/cashier’s checks, payment can also be made via cash or credit card during an in-person visit.
The Clerk’s Office also takes this opportunity to remind the public that many of the services provided at the Courthouse are also available online:
The Clerk’s Beaches Branch, located at 1543 Atlantic Blvd, Neptune Beach FL 32266 is open for limited services by appointment only. To make an appointment, please visit our branch reservation page
The marriage license department is currently issuing licenses exclusively through an online appointment system. Appointments can be made for an electronic appointment session via the Zoom application or an in-person appointment session at the Clerk’s Beaches Branch. Full details can be found by visiting the Electronic Marriage License Application
If an appointment is scheduled via Zoom, laptops or desktops with web cameras are preferred for your appointment. However most mobile devices with video and audio capabilities will work, except for Apple iPhones.
On August 31, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-211 extending the limited mortgage foreclosure and eviction relief as outlined in his earlier Executive Order 20-180 through October 1, 2020. This order allows the resumption of most residential foreclosure and eviction proceedings, with very limited exceptions. All residential eviction and foreclosure cases may now be filed and proceed through the issuance of a writ of possession. Under the order, a residential mortgagor or tenant who is subject to the execution of a writ of possession in any proceeding may petition the court to request a stay. The petition must include facts that demonstrate the individual’s belief that he or she has been adversely affected by the COVID-19 emergency. The presiding judge will review the petition to determine whether it shall be granted.
All foreclosure sales will resume beginning on August 3. Any sales that were previously cancelled by a prior Administrative Order shall be reset upon proper motion and order from the Court.
On May 21, the Florida Supreme Court issued Administrative Order AOSC20-32 providing a framework for the Duval County Courthouse to move to from a Phase 1 status (in-person contact is inadvisable, court facilities are effectively closed to the public, and in-person proceedings are rare) to a Phase 2 status (limited in-person contact is authorized for certain purpose and/or requires use of protective measures). This Administrative Order requires the Duval County Courthouse to meet several defined benchmarks, as well as develop an operational plan in order to be authorized to move to Phase 2 reopening by the Supreme Court. Please continue to monitor this page as the official reopening date will be announced here as soon as it is determined.
Due to the requirements of the new Supreme Court Administrative Order AOSC20-32, no member of the general public will be able to enter the Courthouse except under the limited circumstances outlined in Chief Judge Mahon’s 3rd Amended Administratvie Order 2020-09.
Please note that the Third Amended Administrative Order 2020-09 allows the resumption of Tax Deed Sales. The first sale is scheduled for October 14, 2020. Additionally, properties from the List of Lands Available are now available for purchase.
Those members of the public that do meet the criteria to come to the Courthouse will need to be cleared through a COVID-19 screening process and have photo identification to enter. Please review the full text of Chief Judge Mahon’s order below for the criteria for entering the Courthouse.
COVID-19 Emergency Procedures in Duval County and Restrictions on Access to the Duval County Courthouse
While in-person transactions are currently suspended, the Domestic Violence Department continues to process all petitions. Petition packets are available in the Courthouse lobby or electronically. Once completed and notarized, there is a drop box located in the Courthouse lobby to submit petitions. This drop box is checked hourly. The Domestic Violence department will call the petitioner to advise of their case number and tentative court date as soon as possible. Please ensure that the phone number provided is a safe number for the petitioner to answer. If a petitioner feels they are in immediate danger, they should always call 911.
If a petitioner needs assistance with their petition, they can call the domestic violence department at 904-255-2210 from 8 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday. They can also submit an email utilizing the “Contact a Clerk department” box at the bottom of this page by selecting Domestic Violence as the subject.
Additionally, Hubbard House remains open to assist victims of domestic violence. More information can be found in the link below.Hubbard House
While in-person transactions are currently suspended, the Mental Health Department continues to process all petitions. Petition packets are available in the Courthouse lobby or electronically. Once completed and notarized, there is a drop box located in the Courthouse lobby to submit petitions. This drop box is checked hourly. A Deputy Clerk will call the petitioner as soon as possible to advise of their case number, court date, if applicable, and the next steps in the process. Please ensure that the phone number provided is a safe number for the petitioner to answer. If a petitioner feels they or the respondent are in immediate danger, they should always call 911. If email is the preferred method of communication, please provide your email address on your cover sheet.
If a petitioner needs assistance with their petition, they can do one of the following:
Small claims pretrial conferences will resume beginning on January 7, 2021. All pretrial conferences will take place electronically using the Zoom application and case parties will be provided the Zoom log-in information.
Beginning with the October 5, 2020 report date, in-person jury service has resumed at the Duval County Courthouse. If you have received a summons, please check the juror hotline at (904)255-2212 or visit the Duval Clerk's jury page the evening before your report date to determine if your jury group (found on your summons) is called to report.
The Supreme Court’s earlier Administrative Orders on these topics can be viewed here:
All county criminal court dates from April 20 through May 29, 2020 are postponed. The updated schedule can be found in the document below.
Effective March 30, the Clerk’s Office is suspending in-person transactions for traffic and criminal departments per Administrative Order 2020-09. Many transactions can be completed using the Online Services listed above. For customers that need to make a payment, online payment at epay.duvalclerk.com or payment by mail if preferred. Mailed payments can be accepted in the form of money orders, cashier’s checks, or certified checks. For customers that need to make payments in person, a drop box is located in the main lobby on the first floor of the Duval County Courthouse. Please only deposit payments in the form of money orders, cashier’s checks, or certified checks. Do not leave cash in the drop box.
Duval County Clerk of Court
Attn: Traffic/MISD Department
501 W Adams Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Duval County Clerk of Court
501 W Adams Street
Attn: Felony Department
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Effective March 23, the Clerk's office is suspending in-person transactions for most civil departments and implementing a drop-box system for walk-in customers. The affected departments include: recording, foreclosure, circuit civil, small claims, juvenile, family law (including the domestic relations department), and probate. To submit filings to these departments, a drop box is located in the lobby of the Recording Department on the first floor of the Duval County Courthouse located at 501 West Adams St. Jacksonville, FL 32202. Please ensure that a cover sheet/transmittal sheet (provided on site by the Clerk's Office or click here for a copy: Recording Transmittal Sheet or Civil Coversheet for Drop Box) is completed and that a self-addressed stamped envelope is provided for the return of all dropped off filings and/or recordings if you would like any documents returned.
All transactions dropped off will be processed as timely as possible due to limited staffing. Please note that if fees are due with a filing, or you need to make a payment into the registry for an eviction or for any other reason, cash cannot be accepted in the drop box.
If a tenant needs assistance calculating fees for rental registry deposit payments, please use the Registry Fee Calculator (evictions payments) to determine the total amount due. If further assistance is needed, please use the contact box at the bottom of this page and select “Evictions” as the subject.
The Official Records department is operating with limited personnel to fulfill requests for plain and certified copies as quickly as possible. If you would like to make an online request, please use the “Contact a clerk department” box at the bottom of this page and select “Official Records” as the subject. Once a request has been submitted, a deputy clerk will reach out to advise of the payment required and provide a link to the online payment tool. Please note that due to limited employee hours on site at the Courthouse, it may take longer than usual to process requests.
Most documents recorded after 1988 are available to be viewed, downloaded, or printed on the Clerk’s records portal at acclaim.duvalclerk.com.
Due to both public and employee safety in regards to COVID - 19, the Clerk's office is suspending in-person recording transactions and implementing a drop-box for walk-in customers. A drop box will be located in the lobby of the Recording Department in the Duval County Courthouse located at 501 West Adams St. Jacksonville, FL 32202. Please ensure that a transmittal sheet is completed and that a self-addressed stamped envelope is provided for the return of all drop off packages.
All transactions dropped off and those mailed in will be processed in a timely manner and returned to the customer via a self addressed stamped envelope by mail.
Passport service is available at the Clerk’s Beaches Branch, located at 1543 Atlantic Blvd, Neptune Beach FL 32266 by appointment only.To make an appointment, please visit our branch reservation page
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