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Lake County Clerk's Office - COVID-19 UPDATES

Last Updated: June 5, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.

To protect the health and safety of those needing services provided by the Lake County Clerk’s Office and of the employees who provide those vital services, effective immediately, delivery-of-service changes are being put in place. The regular office hours for most services at the Lake County Courthouse, 550 W. Main St., Tavares, are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Office Safety Measures:

Effective immediately, you may not enter any of the Clerk's Office facilities if you have:
  • Been within any airport terminal within the past 14 days
  • Been on a cruise ship within the past 14 days
  • Have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or flu-like symptoms

View information on doing business with the Clerk's Office using available remote services.

Current Office Status:

  • Lake County Clerk's Office - Courthouse: OPEN
  • Lake County Clerk's North Lake Branch Office: CLOSED
  • Lake County Clerk's South Lake Branch Office: CLOSED
  • Records Storage Facility: OPEN

Generl Delivery-of-Service Information:

  • Alimony and Child Support Payments/Information: Child Support payments may be paid online at http://FL.SmartChildSupport.com. Payments can also be mailed by check or money order to State of Florida Disbursement Unit, P.O. Box 8500, Tallahassee, FL 32314. Be sure to include your full name, case number, and “Lake County” with your payment. All in-person alimony and child support payments are being processed in the Courthouse’s East Wing, First Floor.

  • Branch Offices: The North Lake Branch Office (902 Avenida Central, The Villages), and South Lake Branch Office (290 Citrus Tower Blvd., Suite 116, Clermont) have suspend operations, and will remain closed until further notice. All marriage license processing will take place at the Courthouse’s East Wing, First Floor. Passport processing has been suspended.

  • Civil and Criminal Services: Filing of court documents can be done online at https://www.myflcourtaccess.com, or by visiting the Courthouse’s East Wing, First Floor. The hours for the Civil Court Customer Service Counter are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; closing from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Filings can also be deposited for next-business-day processing in the Lake County Clerk’s drop-boxes located in Leesburg (1720 N. Citrus Blvd.), Tavares (418 W. Alfred Street, and Clermont (290 Citrus Tower Blvd., Suite 116). Those persons scheduled for a court appearance that need to file a change of address can download the form online and email it to Webmaster@lakecountyclerk.org for processing.

  • Court Proceedings: All court hearings are suspended until further notice, with the exception of First Appearance Hearings, Shelter Hearings, Baker Act Hearings, Marchman Act Hearings, Emergency Guardianship Hearings, Risk Protection Order Hearings, Juvenile Detention Hearings, Initial Domestic Violence Injunction Hearings, criminal arraignments as necessary, hearings on motions to set or modify monetary bail for individuals who are in custody, hearings on petitions for extraordinary writs as necessary to protect constitutional rights, and any other matter that is determined to be related to the immediate and imminent health, welfare, and safety of an individual or the general public.

  • Criminal Payments: Criminal payments are continuing to be accepted at the Courthouse, East Wing, First Floor. A new, pay-by-phone service is now available for persons looking to pay most criminal fees and fines by credit card over the phone. To make a payment by phone, call (352) 742-3846 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

  • Foreclosure Sales: Foreclosure sales scheduled to occur in the Fifth Judicial Circuit have been temporarily suspended.

  • Grand Jury and Jury Duty: All grand jury proceedings and jury selection proceedings are temporarily suspended.

  • Injunctions for Protection: Injunctions for protection will continue to be processed in the Courthouse’s East Wing, Third Floor.

  • Marriage Licenses: All marriage license processing will now take place in the Courthouse’s East Wing, First Floor.

  • Mental Health, Guardianship, and Probate: All services will continue to be processed in the Courthouse’s East Wing, Second Floor.

  • Passport Processing: In alignment with the U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) announcement that there will be service interruptions in processing of new passport applications, the Lake County Clerk’s Office is suspending all passport application services until further notice.

  • Recording and Tax Deeds: Those wanting to record documents electronically can set up an account with a verified e-recording vendor. For more details, visit the Lake County Clerk’s website. In-person recording services will continue at the Records Storage Facility, 313 S. Bloxham Ave., Tavares from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tax deed services and recording services will continue in the Courthouse but have been relocated to the East Wing, First Floor. Tax Deed Sales will remain online at https://www.lake.realtaxdeed.com.

  • Traffic Ticket Payments: The Clerk’s Office is extending the period to pay for traffic tickets online from 30 days to 60 days. Payments of eligible traffic tickets can be made online at https://www.myfloridacounty.com/traffic_tickets/index.html within the first 60 days. If paying after the 60-day window, visit the Courthouse’s East Wing, First Floor. To make a payment by phone, call (352) 742-3846 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Do business with us by Mail or Drop-Box:

For those looking to make a next-business-day payment, submit documents for recording, or deliver court documents for filing, the Clerk’s Office offers convenient drop-box locations for these services, which are available 24/7 at the following locations:

  • Clermont
    290 Citrus Tower Blvd., Clermont
    Pickup Time: 10:45 a.m., Monday through Friday
  • Downtown Tavares (Guardian Ad Litem/Veterans Services Building)
    418 W. Alfred St., Tavares
    Pickup Time: 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • Leesburg
    1720 N. Citrus Blvd., Leesburg
    Pickup Time: 10:30 a.m., Monday through Friday

Items can also be mailed to the Lake County Clerk’s Office at P.O. Box 7800, Tavares, FL 32778. Please allow ample time for delivery and processing. Check and money order payments to the Clerk’s Office should be made payable to “Gary J. Cooney, Clerk of Court & Comptroller.

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