Services as County Recorder, Marriage Licenses
and Ceremonies and Passport Applications

Recording Services & Official Records


 

Recording Services

The Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller is the County Recorder, responsible for recording all recordable documents into the Official Records of Pinellas County, Florida. Additional services include issuing Marriage Licenses, Performing Marriage Ceremonies, and Serving as an Official Passport Application Acceptance Agent for the U.S. Department of State.

RECORDABLE DOCUMENTS (INSTRUMENTS):

Recording Services Customers Please Note:

The Clerk's office requires customers to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope of sufficient size and with proper postage, with all documents they submit to be Recorded. Once the documents have been Recorded, they will all be returned to the customer in the self-addressed, stamped envelope that was provided to the Clerk.

Declaration of Domicile

A Declaration of Domicile is a sworn statement of permanent residency, pursuant Florida Statute. 222.17 Recording this document with the Clerk’s office is a statement that an individual resides & maintains a dwelling within Pinellas County, and that the individual intends for this residence to be their permanent home.

Declaration of Domicile forms are available online or upon request within the Clerk’s office locations listed below.

American citizens will also need to bring:

  • A valid form of identification such as a driver's license or a Florida issued Identification card. An out-of-state driver's license is acceptable.
  • The individual’s previous address and current address.

Fees are established by legislative action and are subject to change.

For applicable fees, refer to the current Fee Schedule; also available upon request within all Clerk's office locations.

Recording Office Locations & Hours

Recording Services Department
315 Court Street, Room 150
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 464-7000 
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

North County Branch - Drop off only
29582 U.S. 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33761
(727) 464-7000
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Tyrone Branch - Drop off only
1800 66th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
(727) 464-7000
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

St. Petersburg Branch
545 First Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 464-7000
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

eRecording with the Pinellas Clerk

eRecording, or electronic recording, is the process of filing and recording documents with the Pinellas County Clerk's Recording Office via the internet. This process would otherwise require documents to be submitted by express mail, courier service or a personal visit.

To eRecord, a customer utilizes one of the eRecord vendors from the list provided below. The customer can scan the original document to be recorded, convert it to an electronic image, add indexing information and then submit the document to the Pinellas County Clerk's Recording Office via the internet.

Please contact one of the following eRecord Vendors if you wish to begin sending your Recordable documents to Pinellas County electronically:

The Clerk's office is working to offer additional Erecords vendors.
If you are an eRecording vendor that would like to begin eRecording with the Pinellas County Clerk's Office, please contact the Recording Office at recording@mypinellasclerk.org.

Marriage Licenses

The Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller acts as an Agent for the State of Florida to issue Marriage Licenses within Pinellas County, Florida; pursuant to Florida Statute 741.01. Clerk’s Recording Services offers Marriage License, Marriage Ceremony and Marriage Photo services. For Marriage Licenses and Ceremonies, you may visit Recording Services, Room 150 of the Clearwater Courthouse, St. Petersburg Branch, Tyrone Branch, or the North County Branch of the Clerk’s Office.

Obtaining a Marriage License

1. Complete & Submit the online EMarriage Application

The EMarriage Application is a required form that must be filled out prior to obtaining a Marriage License from the Clerk’s office. The application is an online form that can be completed at the couple’s convenience prior to coming into the Clerk’s office, or on a public terminal within one of the Clerk’s office locations offering Marriage services.

EMarriage Application

  • Read the Disclaimer: By filling out the online application, the couple must appear before the Clerk and meet the State of Florida’s requirements for a Marriage License. Completing the online form does not mean the couple is married.
  • Fill out all required fields & select Submit.
    • If either party was previously married, it is required to enter how and when the previous marriage ended.
  • An on-screen confirmation will acknowledge that the online Application was successfully completed.
  • The Application has been sent to the Clerk’s Marriage Application Queue. It will only remain there for 30 days. To obtain a Marriage License, both parties must appear in person at one of the Clerk’s Office locations that offer Marriage Services within 30 days of submitting the Application.

2. The couple applies in person at the Clerk's office with proper identification

Both applicants are required to appear in person and provide the Clerk with proof of the following:

  • Identification:Driver’s License, State ID, Military ID or Passport
  • Age: both parties are at least 18 years old
  • Social Security Number: U.S. Citizens must provide their Social Security Number
    • Non U.S. Citizens may provide a Social Security Number or an Alien Registration Number issued by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service.
    • A Passport is an acceptable form of ID for Non U.S. Citizens

Biological Child in common
Applicants who are both the biological parent of a minor child/children, born within the State of Florida should complete the Affirmation of Common Children form and present it to the Clerk at this time.

3. Premarital Preparation Course

If a Premarital Preparation Course was completed, the Certificate should be presented to the Clerk while applying for a Marriage License. Premarital Preparation Courses are not provided by the Clerk. The Clerk can provide a list of qualified, registered providers in Pinellas County.
List of Providers

  • Providers set their own fees and terms. For example, some ministers will only provide the course for members of their congregation.
  • A Certificate of Completion of a Premarital Counseling must state:
    • The course was a minimum of Four hours
    • The course was completed within the past year
    • State whether it was given by personal instruction or other means.
  • The Certificate of Completion must be presented while the couple applies for the Marriage License in order to receive the discounted fee and to waive the three day waiting period that applies to Florida residents.

Qualified, registered providers interested in being included on the Clerk’s list:
Request for inclusion on Pinellas Clerk's Premarital Preparation Course Provider List
Please Note: A Premarital Preparation Course is not required, but it can have a positive effect on the Fee and Effective date of a Marriage License for Florida Residents.

Marriage License Effective Date
When at least one party is a Florida Resident, Florida Statute 741.04(5) requires a 3 day waiting period between the day the License is purchased and the day the License will become Effective for the couple to marry. For a Marriage to be valid, the ceremony must take place between the Effective date and Expiration date listed on the License.
Completing a Premarital Preparation Course and presenting the Certificate of Completion to the Clerk will waive the three day waiting period, when at least one of the applicants is a Florida Resident. This will allow the couple to marry the day they purchase the License.
When both parties are non-Florida Residents, the waiting period does not apply.

Marriage License Fee

The fee for obtaining a Marriage License is $86.00.

When both applicants complete a Premarital Preparation Course and present the Certificate to the Clerk, the fee is reduced to $61.00.

Marriage License Fee - 3 Day Waiting Period for Marriage License Effective Date
Premarital Preparation Course Both Florida Residents 1 Florida Resident 1 Non Florida Resident Both Non Florida Residents
Course Taken $61.00 3 Day Waiting Period Waived $61.00 3 Day Waiting Period Waived $61.00 No Waiting Period for Out of State Residents
Course Not Taken $86.00 3 Day Waiting Period Mandatory    $86.00 3 Day Waiting Period Mandatory $86.00 No Waiting Period for Out of State Residents
 

4. Family Law Handbook Requirement

While applying for a Marriage License, the couple will be presented with the Family Law Handbook which outlines the Rights and Responsibilities of parties to a Marriage.

Both Parties are required to sign the Statement of Family Law Handbook, which acknowledges that each party has obtained and read/accessed the information contained within the Handbook. Each party will also mark whether or not a Premarital Preparation Course was completed. The Statement is required in order for a Florida Marriage License to be issued, pursuant to Florida Statute 741.04(4).
Family Law Handbook
Family Law Handbook - Spanish version

5. Oath and Signature

Once the Marriage License is prepared, the couple will review the License for accurate information. The couple will then be instructed to take an oath attesting to the truthfulness of the information they have provided, and to sign the Marriage License.

6. Payment

A single payment (Cash, Card, Check, etc.) made payable to the Clerk of Court.

Marriage Ceremony Fee

For your convenience, Deputy Clerks are authorized and available during normal working hours, Monday through Friday, to perform Marriage Ceremonies.
No Appointment is necessary, and the Ceremony can take place as soon as the License is purchased, as long as the Effective Date is valid.
The fee for this service is $30.00.

Marriage Photo & Certificate

The Clerk's Office offers a Wedding Photo service for a $10.00 fee.
The Clerk’s Office also offers a Wedding Certificate for a $5.00 fee.

A Marriage License is Only Valid for a 60 day period

The 60 days period begins on the Effective Date written on the License and ends on the Expiration Date written on the License.
If a Marriage Ceremony is performed before the Effective Date or after the Expiration Date, the Marriage License is not valid.
If a couple allows a Marriage License to expire and they wish to be Married, then they will need to apply for a new Marriage License.

Marriage Ceremony

A Florida Marriage License allows a couple to get Married anywhere in Florida, regardless of the County the License was purchased from.
For your convenience, Pinellas County Deputy Clerks are authorized to preform Marriage Ceremonies for a $30.00 fee. No Appointment is necessary, and the Ceremony can take place as soon as the License is purchased, as long as the Effective Date is valid. Additional services provided include a Marriage Photo for a $10.00 fee and a Marriage Certificate for a $5.00 fee.

Recording the License after the Marriage Ceremony

Once the Marriage Ceremony has been performed, a Pinellas County Marriage License is to be brought back to the Pinellas County Clerk to Record into Official Records. A Marriage License obtained in Pinellas County is valid for the Marriage to be performed anywhere in Florida, but a Pinellas County Marriage License must be Recorded in Pinellas County.

Once the Completed Marriage License is recorded, the Clerk will provide one Certified Copy to the couple without charge. Additional Certified Copies will cost $3.00 each.
To have a completed Marriage Licenses recorded, visit Recoding Services, Room 150 of the Clearwater Courthouse, or the St. Petersburg, Tyrone, or North County Branches of the Clerk’s Office.

Viewing Marriage Licenses

Pinellas County Marriage Licenses from May of 1972 through the present date are available to view on the Clerk’s Official Records site.
Copies of Pinellas County Marriage Licenses are available for purchase through the Clerk’s Online Copy Request and Payment Center.
Marriage Licenses may also be viewed and purchased in Official Records, Room 163, at the Clearwater Courthouse.

Amending a Marriage License

In the event an Amendment to a Recorded Marriage License is necessary, complete the following form and vist Recoding Services, Room 150 of the Clearwater Courthouse, or the St. Petersburg, Tyrone, or North County Branches of the Clerk’s Office.
Affidavit Amendment to Marriage License

Frequently Asked Questions

There is a 3 day waiting period for Florida Residents, which can be waived if:

  • The couple complete a Premarital Preparation Course from a qualified, registered course provider and present the Certificate of Completion to the Clerk prior to obtaining the Marriage License.
  • The couple must also sign the Statement of Family Law Handbook, acknowledging they have accessed the Family Law Handbook, and mark the section of the Statement that certifies whether or not a Premarital Preparation Course was completed.

Please note: There is not a waiting period when both parties are Non Florida Residents.

The Clerk does not provide the course. We can provide with a list of qualified, registered providers in Pinellas.

Providers set their own fees and terms. For example, some ministers will only provide the course for members of their congregation.

If you receive a Certificate of Completion of a Premarital Counseling it must state the course was a minimum of four hours, it was given within the past year, and state whether it was given by personal instruction or other means.

The certificate must be presented at the time of application for the license.

List of Providers

Florida Statute 741.07 grants the following individuals the right to perform Marriage Ceremonies:

  • All regularly Ordained Ministers of the gospel, Elders in communion with a church, or other Ordained Clergy.
  • All Judicial Officers, including retired Judicial Officers, Clerks of the Circuit Courts, and Notaries Public of the State of Florida.
  • "Quakers" or "Friends," may perform marriages in the manner and form used or practiced in their societies.

A Minister who has been recognized in the manner required by the regulations of the respective Denomination to perform Marriage Ceremonies.

Yes. Deputy Clerks are authorized and available during normal working hours, Monday through Friday, to perform Marriage Ceremonies. No appointment is necessary. The fee for this service is $30.00. The Clerk's Office also offers a Wedding Photo service for a $10.00 fee.

Yes. If the Captain is a Notary Public of the State of Florida, the ship is in Florida waters at the time of the ceremony, and the Florida Marriage License is valid.
Florida waters: within three geographic miles from the coastline.

Once the Marriage Ceremony has taken place and the Officiator has completed their required fields on you Marriage License, return to the Clerk’s Office to have the document recorded into Official Records. The Clerk will provide the couple with one Certified Copy, the price of which was include in the purchase of the License. Additional certified copies will cost $3.00 each.

No. There are no citizenship or resident requirements.

Florida Statute 741.04(1) does not allow for a Marriage License to be issued to a person who is younger than 18 unless:

  • 741.04(1)(a): They are 17 years old and can provide written consent from their Parents/Legal Guardians, which is acknowledged by an officer authorized by law to take acknowledgments and administer oaths

And

  • 741.04(2)(b): The older party to the marriage is not more than 2 years older than the younger party.

Which means the Clerk’s Office will issue a Marriage License to:

  • A 17 year old & another 17 year old, when they have both obtained Parental/Guardian consent, as stated above.
  • A 17 year old with Parental/Guardian consent, as stated above, & the other party is either 18 or 19 years old.

The Clerk will not issue a Marriage License to a 17 year old, even with legally acknowledge Parental/Guardian consent, with anyone who is 20 years old or older.
The Clerk will not issue a Marriage License to anyone who is 16 years old or younger.

No. Speak to your clergyman, chaplain or other advisor.

Domestic Partnership

What is a Domestic Partnership?

In Pinellas County a Domestic Partnership can be registered with the Clerk of Court in accordance with Pinellas County Code of Ordinances, Chapter 70, Article III, Section 70-237: Registration of Domestic Partnerships.
To Register a Domestic Partnership, visit Recoding Services, Room 150 of the Clearwater Courthouse, or the St. Petersburg, Tyrone, or North County Branches of the Clerk’s Office.

A Registered Domestic Partnership means the entity formed by two persons who have met the criteria listed in Section 70-237, Pinellas County Code and filed an Affidavit of Domestic Partnership with the Clerk.

Requirements for Domestic Partnership Eligibility

  • Each person is at least eighteen (18) years of age and competent to contract;
  • Neither person is married, nor is a partner in a domestic partnership relationship or a member of a civil union with anyone other than the co-applicant;
  • They are not related by blood as defined in Florida Law;
  • Each person considers himself or herself to be a member of the immediate family of the coapplicant and jointly responsible for the maintenance and support of the domestic partnership;
  • Applicants reside together in a mutual residence;
  • Each person declares the co-applicant to act as his/her healthcare surrogate as provided in Chapter 765, Florida Statutes and, if determined incompetent, to act as their preneed guardian pursuant to Chapter 744, Florida Statute; and
  • Each person declares the co-applicant as his/her agent to direct the disposition of their body after death;
  • Each person agrees to be jointly responsible for each other’s basic food and shelter;
  • Each person agrees to immediately notify the Clerk’s Office, in writing by filing an Affidavit of Termination, if the terms of the Registered Domestic Partnership are no longer applicable or if one of the domestic partners wishes to terminate the domestic partnership.

Registering for a Domestic Partnership

To register for a Domestic Partnership, both partners are required to appear in person and provide the Clerk with Identification: Driver’s License, State ID, Military ID, or Passport.
The Affidavit of Domestic Partnership Registration Form must be completed. The document is required to be signed by both Partners under the pains and penalties of perjury, witnessed and signed by two Witnesses and to be Notarized.
The fee to Register a Domestic Partnership is $50.00.
Affidavit of Domestic Partnership Registration Form

Certificate of Domestic Partnership Card Upon registration with the Clerk, each partner will receive a Certificate of Domestic Partnership Card, reflecting the registration of the Domestic Partnership within Pinellas County. The Certificate Card will include the assigned DPR Registration number.
Printable Guide for Pinellas Domestic Partnership Registration

Amending a Registered Domestic Partnership Record

An Amendment to a Registered Domestic Partnership is necessary in the event the legal address for the Registered Domestic Partners changes; a legal name change of a Domestic Partner takes place; or to update the list of dependents of the Domestic Partnership. The Fee to Amend a Registered Domestic Partnership is $25.00. Complete the following form and visit Recording Services, Room 150 of the Clearwater Courthouse, or the St. Petersburg, Tyrone, or North County Branches of the Clerk’s Office.
Domestic Partnership Amendment Form

Domestic Partnership Termination

An Affidavit of Termination of Domestic Partnership must be signed by one or both partners and submitted to the Clerk upon voluntary termination of the partnership.
Additionally, under the Pinellas County Code, a Domestic Partnership will be terminated by operation of law upon the occurrence of certain events. However, even with the occurrence of an event resulting in automatic termination, it is a Domestic Partner’s obligation to file an Affidavit of Termination of Domestic Partnership with the Clerk within 10 days of the occurrence. The partner filing an Affidavit of Termination shall provide a copy of the termination to the Former Domestic Partner at their last known address.
There is no fee for recording an Affidavit of Termination of Domestic Partnership.
Complete the following form and visit Recoding Services, Room 150 of the Clearwater Courthouse, or the St. Petersburg, Tyrone, or North County Branches of the Clerk’s Office.
Affidavit of Termination of Domestic Partnership Form

Domestic Partnership Registry Listings

Registered Domestic Partnerships have their own registry apart from the rest of the Pinellas County Official Records Index. Select the following link to view DPR records:
Domestic Partnership Registry Records

Rights and Legal Effect of Registered Domestic Partnership

To the extent not superseded by federal, state, or other city law or ordinance, or contrary to rights conferred by contract or separate legal instrument, Registered Domestic Partners shall have the following rights:

  • Health Care Facility Visitation.
    All health care facilities operating within the County shall honor the Registered Domestic Partnership documentation issued pursuant to the Pinellas County Code as evidence of the partnership and shall allow a Registered Domestic Partner or dependent visitation rights as provided for under 42 CFR 482 and 485. Health Care Decisions.
    Registry as a domestic partner shall be considered to be written direction by each partner designating the other to make health care decisions for their incapacitated partner, and shall authorize each partner to act as the other’s healthcare surrogate as provided for in Chapter 765, Florida Statutes. No person designated as a health care surrogate shall be denied or otherwise defeated in serving as a health care surrogate based solely upon their status as the Domestic Partner of the partner on whose behalf health care decisions are to be made. Any statutory form, including, but not limited to, a living will or health care surrogate designation in forms provided for in Chapter 765 of the Florida Statutes, that is properly executed after the date of registration which contain conflicting designations shall control over the designations made pursuant to domestic partnership registration in Pinellas County. Funeral/Burial Decisions.
    Registry as a domestic partner shall be considered to be written direction by the decedent of their intention to have their domestic partner direct the disposition of the decedent’s body for funeral and burial purposes as provided in Chapter 497, Florida Statutes, unless, prior to death, the decedent creates written authorization and direction providing conflicting terms of disposition. Where such conflict exists, the later dated document shall control. Notification of Family Members.
    In any situation providing for mandatory or permissible notification of family members, including, but not limited to, notification of family members in an emergency, “notification of family members” shall include Registered Domestic Partners. Pre-need Guardian Designation.
    A person who is a party to a Registered Domestic Partnership, pursuant to this Article, shall have the same right as any other individual to be designated as a pre-need guardian pursuant to Chapter 744, Florida Statutes, and to serve in such capacity in the event of their domestic partner’s incapacity. A domestic partner shall not be denied or otherwise be defeated in serving as the plenary guardian of their domestic partner or the partner’s property under the provisions of Chapter 744, Florida Statutes, to the extent that the incapacitated partner has not executed a valid pre-need guardian designation, based solely upon their status as the domestic partner of the incapacitated partner. Participation in Education.
    To the extent allowed by federal and state law, and subject to the policies of the School Board of Pinellas County, Florida, as amended from time to time, as well any applicable court orders, agreements, or contracts, a domestic partner of a domestic partnership registered in this County shall have the same rights as the parent partner to participate in the education of a dependent of the Registered Domestic Partnership in the County. Any right to participate in the education of a dependent of the Registered Domestic Partnership shall be exercised consistently, with applicable policies and procedures of the School Board of Pinellas County, Florida.

Marriage License & Domestic Partnership Locations 

Recording Services Department
315 Court Street, Room 150
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 464-7000 
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

North County Branch
29582 U.S. 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33761
(727) 464-7000
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Tyrone Branch
1800 66th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
(727) 464-7000
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

St. Petersburg Branch
545 First Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 464-7000
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Passport Services

The Clerk of the Circuit Court acts as an Official Passport Application Acceptance Agent for the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs.

Clerk’s Recording Services offers Passport Application & Passport Photo services.

Visit Recoding Services, Room 150 of the Clearwater Courthouse, or the St. Petersburg, Tyrone, or North County Branches of the Clerk’s Office.

Passport Information

The Clerk’s office does not schedule appointments for Passport Applications. Expect longer wait times in the afternoon, towards the end of the day.

Clerk’s Recording Services provides a Passport Photo service at each location capable of accepting Passport Applications. The fee is $15.00 per person.

The U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs sets & regulates policies for U.S. Passport Applications, Renewals & Fees. Visit Travel.State.Gov for further details or any additional information you may be seeking that is not found on this page

U.S. Passport Books are valid for International Travel by Air, Sea or Land.

U.S. Passport Cards are only valid for Travel by Land and Sea between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean. Not Valid for Air Travel.

Passport Applications are required to be filled out in Black Ink.

Do not sign the DS-11 Application Form until you are instructed to do so in person.

Passport Application Checklists

English

Spanish

Passport Requirements

1. Proof of U.S. Citizenship

  • Previous U.S. Passport
  • Certified birth certificate issued by the City, County or State
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Certificate of Citizenship

For further information on documents the U.S. Department of State will accept, please visit their Citizenship Evidence page on Travel.State.Gov.

Please Note: The documents you provide as Citizenship Evidence to obtain your Passport will be mailed to the U.S. Department of State with your Passport Application. The documents will be mailed back to you in a separate mailing from the Passport. You may wish to make a copy to keep with you until your original documents are returned.

2. Proof of Identity

  • Previous U.S. Passport
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Current, Valid:
    • Driver's License
    • Government I.D.: City, State or Federal
    • Military I.D.: Military & Dependents

Please Note: A Social Security card, Voter Registration Card or Military Discharge papers are not acceptable proof of your Identity.

3. Passport Photo

  • Color photo, with a plain white or off-white background
  • Sized Correctly: 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm)
    • Head between 1 – 1 3/8 inches (25 – 35 mm): bottom of chin to top of head
  • Full face view. Neutral expression with both eyes open.
  • Taken within past 6 months, in clothing normally worn on daily basis
  • You cannot wear Glasses, Hats or Head Coverings, Headphones or wireless hands-free devices
    • Medical: Glasses, Hats & Head Coverings: If you cannot remove your glasses, hat or head covering for medical reasons, please submit a signed statement from your doctor with your application
    • Religious: Hats & Head Coverings: If you wear a hat or head covering for religious purposes, please submit a signed statement that verifies that the hat or head covering in your photo is part of recognized, traditional religious attire that is customarily or required to be worn continuously in public.
    • Your full face must be visible and your hat or head covering cannot obscure your hairline or cast shadow on your face

For further information on Passport Photos the U.S. Department of State will accept, please visit their Passport Photos page on Travel.State.Gov.

Clerk’s Recording Services provides a Passport Photo service at each location accepting Passport Applications. The fee is $15.00 per person.

4. Social Security Number

A Social Security Number is required for all Passport Applications, regardless of the age of the applicant.

5. Completed Passport Application Forms (unsigned DS-11

Form Used For
Must Appear in Person
Clerk's Office
*Do not sign DS-11 until instructed to do so when bringing it in.
DS-11
Application
Mail In
National Passport Processing Center (Listed on form)
DS-82
Renewal
Mail In
National Passport Processing Center (Listed on form)
DS-5504
  • Passport Application and Renewal Forms can be obtained for free from the Clerk’s office or download them directly from Travel.State.Gov’s Passport Forms page.
  • Not sure which form to use?
    Use Travel.State.Gov’s Passport Wizard to answer a few questions that will direct you to the proper form.


6. Payment

U.S. Passport Fees are set and regulated by the U.S. Department of State.
To view up to date Fees, please visit Travel.State.Gov’s Passport Fee page.

  • Fees are categorized by age range and service
  • There is also a helpful Fee Chart and Fee Calculator available

Two separate payments are required for Passport Applications processing

1. Application Fees: Required to be either a Check or Money Order made payable to the U.S. Department of State

2. Execution (Acceptance) Fee: A separate payment, Cash, Card, Check, etc. made payable to the Clerk of Court

3. Optional Fees

  • Expedite Fee – Provides faster processing than routine service
    • Available for Passport Books and Passport Cards
  • 1-2 Day Delivery – Provides 1 – 2 delivery of Passport Books only
    • Not available for Passport cards

Passports for Minors

Children under 16

For detailed information regarding Passport Application & Renewal Requirements for minors who are 15 or younger, please view Travel.State.Gov’s Children Under 16 page.
Requirements for Minors under 16

  • All parties must appear in person: The Minor, & Both Parents / Legal Guardians / or Parent with Sole Legal Authority must be present to apply for the passport.
    • Sole Legal Authority, & One Parent Unable to Appear require additional documentation to be submitted with the child’s Passport Application
    • See section 7. Show Parental Consent via the Children Under 16 link above
  • Original or Certified copy of the minor applicant’s Citizenship Evidence
  • A photocopy of U.S. Citizenship evidence (front & back)
  • Proof of Parental Relationship
    • Document that lists the Parents/Guardian of the Minor
  • Parents/Guardians must each present their ID and a front & back photocopy of their ID
  • Passport Photo
  • Completed Application (unsigned until instructed to do so)
  • Payment

Children 16 & 17

For detailed information regarding Passport Applications & Renewal Requirements for minors who are 16 or 17 years old, please view Travel.State.Gov’s Applicants Age 16 and 17 page.
Requirements for Minors who are 16 or 17

  • The minor must appear and show Parental Awareness
    • A Parent appearing with the Minor
    • A Signed Statement consenting to the issuance of a passport from at least one parent (should accompany a photocopy of parent’s ID)
  • Original or Certified copy of the Minor applicant’s Citizenship Evidence
  • A photocopy of U.S. Citizenship evidence (front & back)
  • The Minor or Minor’s Parents/Guardians must present their ID and a front & back photocopy of their ID
  • Passport Photo
  • Completed Application (unsigned until instructed to do so)
  • Payment

Passport Renewals

The Clerk's Office Can only process Passport Renewals if:

  • Your previous U.S. Passport was issued when you were under age 16
  • Your previous U.S. Passport was lost, stolen, or damaged
  • Your previous U.S. Passport was issued more than 15 years ago
  • Your name has changed since your U.S. passport was issued and you are unable to legally document your name change

Form DS-11 is used for each of the situations above

Renew your Passport by Mail if:

  • Your U.S. Passport can be submitted with your Renewal Application
  • Your U.S. Passport is undamaged (other than normal “wear and tear”)
  • Your U.S. Passport was issued when you were age 16 or older
  • Your U.S. Passport was issued within the last 15 years
  • Your U.S. Passport was issued in your current name or you can legally document your name change

Renew by mail with Form DS-82 for each of the above scenarios

For further information on Passport Renewal, please visit the Renew my Passport by Mail page on Travel.State.Gov.

Pending Passports

After the Clerk accepts your Passport Application, the documents are submitted to a Regional Passport Agency to process.

Track the Status of your Passport

Online with Travel.State.Gov’s Online Passport Status System.

Or call the National Passport Information Center (NPIC) at 1-877-487-2778 or 1-888-874-7793 (TDD/TTY). NPIC customer service representatives are available
Monday – Friday, 8 AM to 8 PM EST; & Saturday 10 AM – 3 PM EST.

Lost or Stolen Passports

You must report a Lost or Stolen Passport immediately. Form DS-64, “Statement Regarding Lost or Stolen Passport,” can be submitted Online or by Mail.

For further information or to submit DS-64 Online, please visit the Lost or Stolen Passports page on Travel.State.Gov.
After a Passport has been Lost or Stolen, to obtain a new Passport, you must appear in person with a new Application, Form DS-11, rather than a Renewal form.

Office Locations & Hours

Accepting Passport Applications

Recording Services Department
315 Court Street, Room 150 
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 464-7000
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

St. Petersburg Branch
545 First Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 464-7000
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

North County Branch
29582 U.S. 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33761
(727) 464-7000
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Tyrone Branch
1800 66th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
(727) 464-7000
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Official Records & Land Records

The Clerk of the Circuit Court is the Pinellas County Recorder, is responsible for maintaining archives of all Pinellas County Official Records from 1912 to present date.

The Official Records Index contains Official Record Instrument, Book and Page numbers, Types of Documents Recorded, Date of Recordation, & a Name reference.

Additional Services Clerk’s Official Records provides include Pinellas County Tax Deed Sales and Fraud Alert subscription.

View Official Records Online

Pinellas County Official Records are available to view online for General Public Access.

There are multiple search functions to utilize to assist in locating a Recorded document in Official Records:

  • Simple Search: Indexed Name, generic search option (below), Date Range
    • I want to look up my Deed 
    • I want to find a Lien
    • I want to find a Mortgage
  • Name: Indexed Names, Doc Type, Book Type, Date Range
  • Instrument Number: Instrument Number & Book Type
  • Doc Type: Doc Type, Date Range
  • Record Date: Specific Date
  • Consideration: Sale Price Bounds: Upper & Lower, Date Range
  • Book / Page: Book & Page numbers, Date Range
  • Case Number: Court Case Number, Filter, Doc Type, Date Range 
  • Legal Description: Legal (indexed from documents), Filter, Date Range 

Official Records Subscriber Account

Official Records documents that fall within the categories below are not available online for General Public Access.

Florida Statute 28.2221(5)(a) restricts online General Public Access to: 

  • Military Discharge
  • Death Certificates  
  • Court Records relating to cases governed by Florida Rules of Family Law, Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure, & Florida Probate Rules.

These Official Records documents are available for the public to view:

  • On a public terminal workstation located within the Pinellas County Clerk's Office.
  • Online with a Paid Subscription Account for Official Records.  

The Official Records subscription service is available for an initial set-up fee and an annual usage fee. A subscription account provides online access to the Clerk's secure, password-protected website.

The cost for the service is a one-time initial set up fee of $100.00, per User ID and an annual usage fee of $75.00 per User ID, to be paid on October 1st of each year. Up to five additional users may be added per account for an annual usage fee of $300.00 per organization, with the increase in increments of five users.

If you are interested in this service please complete the "Subscription Agreement for Electronic Access to Official Records." Send in the signed agreement along with your company's check or money order for $175.00 using the methods detailed below.

STEP ONE: Complete a Subscription Agreement

A subscription agreement is required for each account prior to gaining access to electronic recorded documents. Please complete the subscription agreement including notarized signature.

Also, if you have an old login account from our previous system and would like to use the same login ID number, please write your Username at the bottom of the form.

STEP TWO: Submit your Subscription Agreement and payment via the methods below

A) Mail your subscription agreement and payment to:

Ken Burke, Clerk of Court & Comptroller
Attn: Official Records Subscription Service
315 Court Street, Room #150
Clearwater, FL 33756

B) If you have existing Draw Down Account (Deposit Account) you can submit your subscription agreement to Recording Services by email at recording@mypinellasclerk.org and include your existing account number. If you would like to create a Draw Down Account, please click here.

Email questions to: recording@mypinellasclerk.org.

Redacting Official Records

Redaction of recorded documents within the Official Records can be requested online for Social Security, Bank Account, Credit, Debit or Charge Card numbers.  Select the following link to submit your request online: Official Records/Recorded Documents Redaction Request Form.

Official Records Protected Address

To request Official Records redaction of Florida Statute Exempt Personal Information, please download, complete and submit the Official Records Protected Address Form. The form can be submitted to the Official Records Department in person, via mail or fax.

Select only the Exemption Information categories that apply to you, enter your contact information and identify the documents to receive redaction.  Submit the completed form to Official Records via mail or in person. 

Please note: 

  • Documents Recorded in the future will not receive automatic Exempt Information redaction.  A new Official Records Request form must be completed and submitted to Official Records to identify future documents.
  • Exempt personal information is specified by the Florida Statutes.  All current exemptions are included on the form.  The Clerk cannot redact personal information that does not have a current Exemption classification under the Florida Statutes.  There are no exceptions.

Official Records Department
315 Court Street, Room 163
Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: (727) 464-7000
Fax: (727) 453-3451
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Order Copies of Official Records

You can order copies of Official Records online through the Clerk’s Online Copy Request and Payment Center.

Copies can also be purchased in person, and access is provided to public computer terminals to view Official Records at two Clerk’s Office Locations:

Clearwater Courthouse
315 Court Street
Clearwater, FL 33756

St. Petersburg Branch
545 1st Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

View the current Service Charge and Fee Schedule for applicable fees.

Certified Deeds

A copy of your deed (for real estate transactions within Pinellas County) is available from the Official Records of Pinellas County. A certified copy of a 1-page deed costs $3.00 from the Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court's Office. Please use the information on this page to find out how to locate and order a certified copy of your deed with ease.

You may search the Official Records of Pinellas County for a copy of your recorded deed, using the link titled "Public Access to Official Records and Other Records."

Under Official Records, click on the link titled "Official Records Search" to access the Official Records Entry Form. Enter the name that the deed is recorded under - typically this is the homeowner's name. Using the "Instrument Select" drop down box, you may select "Deed" to narrow your search of the Official Records documents to just deeds. You may enter a beginning date and an ending date to further limit your search to a specific time period.

Images of deeds are available online from 1990 through the present date. Images of deeds prior to 1990 are not available online. However, they may be ordered online, by email, by mail or in person. Uncertified copies can be provided via email, fax, U.S. Postal Service mail or in person. Certified copies can only be provided by U.S. Postal Service mail or in person.

Deeds/Records can be ordered with payment of appropriate fees as follows:

Please make your check payable to The Clerk of the Circuit Court and include a self addressed envelope along with your request.

The copying and/or the certifying of Court or Official Record documents requires copy and/or certification fees paid to the Clerk of Court. Current fees are available here.

*There is a $5.00 fee charged by the credit card processor for the use of a credit card to pay for the records requested. This fee is not shared with the Clerk. This fee is not a charge for the records requested, but is related solely to the method of payment.

Official Records Office Locations & Hours

Official Records Department
315 Court Street, Room 163
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 464-7000

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Tax Deeds  

Properties offered for sale to the highest bidder to satisfy delinquent property taxes are referred to as Tax Deed Sales.  Clerk’s Official Records conducts the sale of Tax Deeds in Pinellas County upon notification from the Pinellas County Tax Collector.  The sales are held in accordance with Florida Statutes, Chapter 197, and Florida Administrative Code, Chapter 12D-13

For Tax Certificate Sales, please visit the Pinellas County Tax Collector.

Tax Deed Sales

Pinellas County Tax Deed Sales are conducted online at Pinellas.RealTaxDeed.com, on scheduled sale days beginning at 11:00 AM EST/EDT.  To check for upcoming sale dates, view the Auction Calendar page.  The Sale of a particular property is subject to change without notice.

Notices of pending Tax Deed Sales are published in a newspaper with local circulation.  Tax Deed files and document images are available for online viewing at taxdeedsales.mypinellasclerk.org.  Unless the property is redeemed prior to the sale, the sale is held in accordance with Florida Statutes, Chapter 197.

For Additional Information about Pinellas online Tax Deed Sales, Requirements for Bidding, Payments and more please visit the Tax Deed Sale Process page on Pinellas.RealTaxDeed.com.

The Surplus Claim Form is available here.

Buyers Beware

All Properties are sold “AS IS.

Bidders are responsible for conducting their own research as to the condition of the property and the state of the title of the property being sold. There may be encumbrances (outstanding judgements, current year’s taxes, and/or other liens) that survive the Tax Deed Sale and become the responsibility of the winning bidder. You Must Do Your Own Research For Each Property, or consult with someone who can advise you legally.

The Clerk’s Office makes no warranties or representation about the location or condition regarding any property, the condition of structures or fixtures, its marketability, existing or potential uses, zoning regulations or laws that may affect current or future uses of the property, outstanding or potential liens, mortgages or encumbrances or defects in title that may exist.

The Clerk’s Office is not authorized to give legal advice. If you require legal advice, you should obtain it from a licensed attorney. The Clerk’s Office assumes no responsibility for any encumbrances on any property offered for sale.

Office Locations & Hours

Official Records Department – Tax Deeds
315 Court Street, Room 163
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 464-3424 

If you do not otherwise have access to a computer, access to the electronic online auction will be available at public computer terminals in Two Clerk’s Offices locations:

  • Official Records, Room 163, Clearwater Courthouse, located at 315 Court Street 
  • The Judicial Building in St Petersburg, located at 545 1st Avenue North

Fraud Alert Subscription Service

Protect yourself from Fraud with the Clerk's Fraud Alert Service

A Fraud Alert Subscription is a free public service offered by the Pinellas County Clerk’s office to you help detect fraudulent documents recorded with your name into Pinellas County Official Records. 

According to the FBI, property and mortgage fraud is the fastest growing white-collar crime. Property Fraud is when someone illegally uses your property for financial gain. An instance of this entails someone recording a fraudulent deed and/or lien against your property in the Official Records of the Pinellas County Clerk's office.  The Fraud Alert Service will notify you of any document recorded in your name, property or otherwise.

Although the alert system does not prevent the actual fraudulent activity from taking place, it does provide an early warning system for subscribers to become aware of what may have otherwise gone undetected. Subscribers armed with this notification system will be able to take prompt, appropriate action if they determine the activity to be fraudulent.

It's about keeping YOU informed. Sign Up Today!

Fraud Alert Frequently Asked Questions

A FREE public service offered by the Pinellas County Clerk's office that can help you detect fraudulent documents recorded with your name in the Clerk's Official Records.

The name you choose to subscribe (business name, maiden name, married name, etc.) is the only criteria being monitored. If you have a common name, you may receive multiple alerts because it will not distinguish one name from another.

Starting on the day you sign up for the service you will receive an alert of any document recorded with your name in the Pinellas Official Records. The alert you receive, either by phone or email, will contain the document Book & Page Number and Document Type, along with the recorded Date and Name.

Using this information, you can easily search the Clerk's Official Records online to see if the alert pertains to you. Pinellas Official Records.

Yes. Signing up for the Service will ensure that every type of recordable document that is recorded into Pinellas County Official Records with your name will send an alert to you.

No, this service only alerts its subscribers of documents being recorded in the Pinellas County Official Records.

Many counties are looking into the possibility of providing this service to their citizens. You may contact the Clerk of the Court in the county of interest to see if they offer such service.

There is nothing that will distinguish one name from another. Therefore, a person with a common name, like Jim Jones, will receive multiple alerts.

Fraud can be committed in a number of ways by recording documents in public records. For example, someone can create a fraudulent document that will deed your home to them and then record that document in Official Records.

The only information you need to provide is your first and last name along with your email address or phone number depending on your preferred contact method. Nothing else is needed when signing up for the service.

Anyone can sign up for the Clerk’s Fraud Alert subscription service by clicking on the link here or by calling the toll free number (800) 728-3858.

When signing up online, please note that some internet browsers may require you to install the Silverlight plug-in. This plug-in is required by some websites to properly display their content. Once you successfully install the plug-in, you should be able to access the page without any issues. Remember to completely close your browser session after the installation to ensure the changes take effect.

The alert email will provide you with an Official Records Book and Page number to view your document in Official Records. The Document Number within the email alert is the Book and Page number. There is a space between the numbers. See the Sample Alert below. Sample Email Alert: Dear subscriber, a document has recently been recorded that matches the monitor criteria you have provided Jane Doe. The document information is: Location: Pinellas, FL Document Number: 18745 2635 Document Type: RELEASE Recorded Date: 08-15-2014 Matched Party Name: JOHN DOE ALERT ID 17508931 Please visit www.propertyfraudalert.com/nextsteps or call 1-800-728-3858 for information. If you feel you have received this message in error or you wish to modify your monitor criteria, please contact Fraud Alert Customer Service at 1-800-728-3858 Please Note: The Document Number contains both the Book & Page numbers. The Book number is always 5 digits. There will be a space, then the Page number will follow.

Location

The Fraud Alert Subscription Service is offered through the Pinellas County Official Records department

Office Locations & Hours

Official Records Department
315 Court Street, Room 163
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 464-7000

View our Fraud Alert Brochure 

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