Internet Access Law and the Escambia County Clerk's Office
The only records available on the web are the records available to the public during the hours the Clerk's office is open. The internet has simply opened the files to the public twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, as the law anticipates.
Florida law mandates the Clerk's Office to provide access to the records we have on file.
Due to changing technology the records are more accessible than ever and this office has received inquiries as to why the Clerk's office is providing access to these records via the Internet.
The following information will explain what the Legislature has directed the Clerk's office to do:
The Florida Constitution says in part (Art. I, Sec 24):
"Every person has the right to inspect or copy any public record made or received in connection with the official business of any…officer…except with respect to records exempted pursuant to this section….."
Section 119.07 of Florida Statutes says in part:
"Every person who has custody of a public record shall permit the record to be inspected by any person desiring to do so…"
Sec. 119.01 of Florida Statutes says in part:
"The Legislature finds that, given advancements in technology, providing access to public records by remote electronic means is an additional method of access that agencies should strive to provide to the extent feasible. "
Sec. 28.2221 of Florida Statutes says in part:
"The Legislature finds that a proper and legitimate state purpose is served by providing the public with access to public records and information on the Internet and hereby determines that the provisions of this section fulfill and further an important state purpose."
"No later than January 1, 2002, the county recorder (Clerk of the Court) shall provide a current index of documents recorded in the official records of the county for the period beginning no later than January 1, 1990, on a publicly available Internet website which shall also contain a document requisition point for obtaining images or copies of the documents reflected in the index…"
"By January 1, 2006, each county recorder (Clerk of the Court) shall provide for electronic retrieval, at a minimum, of images of documents referenced referenced as the index required to be maintained on the county's official records website by this section."
The following documents recorded in Official Records after June 5, 2002, will not be available via the Internet website pursuant to action by the 2002 Legislature.
The documents listed below recorded in Official Records prior to June 5, 2002, will continue to be available unless the affected party identifies the record and requests in writing that it be removed pursuant to law.
- Military discharge
- Death Certificates
- Court records relating to Family Law
- Court records relating to Juvenile Procedure
- Court records relating to Probate
Notices for the Suppression of Public Information
Depending on your occupation, you may be eligible under Florida Statutes, Chapters 119.07(3)(i) and 119.07(3)(i)2, to have your address and other specific personal information suppressed from our public records.
Any person has the right to request the Clerk/County Recorder to redact his or her social security number, from an image or copy of an Official Record that has been placed on such Clerk's/County Recorder's Publicly available Internet Website. Florida Statutes, Chapter 119.072.
Any Veteran of the United States Armed Forces or his or her widow or widower, attorney personal representative, executor, or court appointed guardian has the right to request the Clerk/County Recorder to remove from the Official Records any military separation forms recorded by or on behalf of the requesting veteran. The forms eligible for removal include: DD-214; DD-215; WD AGO 53; WD AGO 55; NAVMC 78-PD; and NAVPERS 553. Florida Statutes, Chapter 119.072.
Any person has the right to request the Clerk/County Recorder to redact his or her bank account, debit, charge and/or credit card numbers from an image or copy of an Official Record that has been placed on such Clerk's/County Recorder's publicly available Internet website. Florida Statutes, Chapter 119.072.
Public Records Disclaimer
Users of the Escambia County Florida Clerk of the Circuit Court's internet web site must accept the disclaimer below in order to access the online records. Please read the the terms of this Disclaimer Agreement and if you agree with these terms, click on the "Accept" button to continue viewing and using the site. You are referred to as the "User".
The Clerk's publicly available internet web site is intended for the personal use of the general public for information purposes only. The information available through this publicly available internet web site is not the official record and should not be relied upon for any type of legal action. While the Clerk strives to keep the information current and accurate, this information on the web site is not official and the Clerk will not be responsible for any inaccuracies that may be encountered. Any images copied from this publicly available internet web site have not been certified as being true and correct copies of the instruments filed and recorded with the Clerk. Certified copies of these instruments may be purchased upon request. Events may occur which prevent or delay the web site's availability.
By using this service, in any form, the User agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Escambia County Clerk of the Circuit Court and anyone involved in storing, retrieving, or displaying this information for any damage of any type that may be caused by accessing this information over the Internet.