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Lake County Clerk's Office - COVID-19 UPDATES

Last Updated: Jan. 6, 2021 at 10:30 a.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.

Courthouse Safety Measures:

PLEASE NOTE: As required by Administrative Order of the Chief Judge of the Fifth Judicial Circuit, members of the public entering the Lake County Courthouse will be subject to a more vigorous health screening, and will be required to wear masks in the public spaces and courtrooms.

If you answer "yes" to any of the following questions, you may not enter the Courthouse, or any of the Clerk's Office facilities:

  1. Do you have any of the following symptoms?

    • Fever/body temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater
    • Cough
    • Chills
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Muscle pain
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell
  2. Are you currently awaiting the results of a test to determine if you have COVID-19?

  3. Are you under instructions to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19?

  4. Have you had close contact with someone with a COVID-19 diagnosis or who is awaiting test results of COVID-19?

  5. Have you traveled to an area with a notably high concentration of COVID-19 cases?

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

General Delivery-of-Service Information:

  • Pay Criminal & Traffic Fees & Fines Online: Payments of eligible traffic tickets and criminal fees and fines are available using the CLERKPay Online Court Payments System. Payments may be made by credit card. Credit Cards accepted are Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. The only debit cards which will be accepted are those with the Visa or MasterCard logo. The financial service provider charges a nominal, nonrefundable fee for each credit card transaction paid online.

  • Pay Criminal & Traffic Fees/Fines By Phone: To make a payment for an eligible traffic or criminal fee or fine by phone, call (352) 742-3846 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Credit Cards accepted are Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. The only debit cards which will be accepted are those with the Visa or MasterCard logo. The name on the credit or debit card must match the name on the court case. A nominal, nonrefundable fee will be charged by the financial service provider for each credit card transaction paid by phone.

  • Alimony & 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 and passport processing will take place at the Courthouse’s North Wing, Third Floor.

  • Civil & 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 St.), 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.

  • Grand Jury & Jury Duty: Petit and Grand Jury proceedings are currently suspended by order of the Chief Judge of the Fifth Judicial Circuit.

  • Injunctions for Protection: Injunctions for protection will continue to be processed in the Courthouse’s East Wing, Third Floor from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

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

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

  • Passport Processing: Passport applications will be processed by appointment only in the Courthouse's North Wing, Third Floor. For more information, click here.

  • Recording & 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 in the North Wing, Third Floor. Tax Deed Sales will remain online at https://www.lake.realtaxdeed.com.

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., Suite 116, 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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