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Miami-Dade County Clerk of the CourtsHarvey Ruvin

Clerk of the Courts COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

“As we all continue to persevere in these challenging times, the following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and their answers are being provided in order to help give direction and reduce confusion.”

 - Harvey Ruvin, Miami-Dade Clerk of Courts

Q: Where can I find more information about Miami-Dade County or Court operations due to COVID-19?

A: Please visit the Coronavirus COVID-19 page for information from Miami-Dade County. Please visit the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida for information from the 11th Judicial Circuit.

Q: Are the Courthouses Closed?

A: All Miami-Dade Courthouses are closed to the public, except for essential matters and matters per judicial discretion. Please visit the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida for criminal and civil essential matters and matters per judicial discretion.

Q: Can I come into a courthouse to file a Domestic Violence Injunction?

A: Yes. Our office can assist you at the downtown Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center location, or at any of the following District courthouse locations: Hialeah District Court, Joseph Caleb Center Court, North Dade Justice Center and South Dade Justice Center.

Q: Can I come into a courthouse to file a Baker or Marchman Act Petition?

A: Yes. Our office can assist you at the Miami-Dade County Courthouse.

Q: Where can I file a modification or terminate my child support case?

A: The Family Court Self-Help Program at 175 NW 1 Avenue, room 2441 Miami, Fl. 33128 or call 305-349-7800.

Q: Can I mail my payment to the Clerk’s Office to make a Central Depository Child Support and/or Alimony payment?

A: Yes. Checks can be mailed to the Overtown Transit Village South

Q: Can I come to the Clerk’s Office to make a Central Depository Child Support and/or Alimony payment?

A: Yes. Our office can assist you at the Overtown Transit Village South. Our Central Depository office is accepting cash and check payments for essential matters and those matters per judicial discretion. Also, our office is accepting credit card payments (Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover).

Q: For Central Depository Child Support and/or Alimony, how do I sign up for direct deposit?

A: see below

For Private cases please fill out the Direct Deposit Enrollment fillable form, following the instructions provided.

For Department of Revenue cases please visit the Florida State Disbursement Unit and follow the instructions provided for "Parents who are due support".

Q: For Central Depository Child Support and/or Alimony, how can I change my direct deposit?

A: You will need to complete a new Direct Deposit Enrollment fillable form, following the instructions provided.

Q: For Central Depository Child Support and/or Alimony, how can I update my name/address?

A: Please complete the Change of Name or Address fillable form, following the instructions provided.

Q: Can I call the Clerk’s Office with questions related to my Criminal case?

A: You are encouraged to visit the Clerk’s website for all our on-line services and readily available information. In addition, you can call the Clerk’s Automated Phone Service. For the phone number to call:

Criminal Court Office
305-275-1155

Misdemeanor Office
305-275-1155

If you need further assistance, staff are available to take calls from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Q: How can I request documents from my Criminal case?

A: Criminal research requests from the various criminal sections of the Clerk’s website can be requested by email (FelonyMisdemeanor, or Misdemeanor DV) or mail. Make sure to include an accessible email address on your request. The Clerk’s Office will notify you of the costs through an email notification including a tracking number. 

Once your credit card payment (Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover) has been received, the items requested will be sent to you by mail and/or scanned and sent by email. The Affidavit to Reinstate Driver License Privileges can only be sent by mail.

Q: Can I call the Clerk’s Office with questions related to my Civil or Family case?

A: You are encouraged to visit the Clerk’s website for all our on-line services and readily available information. In addition, you can call the Clerk’s Automated Phone Service. For the phone number to call:

Central Depository Child Support & Alimony Office
305-275-1122

Civil Court Office
305-275-1155

Domestic Violence Office
305-275-1155

Family Court Office
305-275-1155

Probate Court Office
305-275-1155

If you need further assistance, staff are available to take calls from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Q: Can I call the Clerk’s Office with questions related to my Parking, Code Enforcement or Traffic citations?

A: You are encouraged to visit the Clerk’s website for our all on-line services and readily available information. In addition, you can call the Clerk’s Automated Phone Service. For the phone number to call:

Parking Violations Bureau
305-275-1133

Code Enforcement Office
305-676-0977

Traffic Office
305-275-1111

If you need further assistance, staff are available to take calls from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Q: Can I email my question to the Clerk’s Office?

A: Yes, please use the Contact Us feature of the Clerk's website. Options are provided for you to direct your email inquiry to the corresponding Operational representative.

Q: Can I print a recorded document or a civil document from the Internet without requesting it be a certified copy?

A: Yes. If you do not need a certified copy of a document, you can perform an Online Official Records Search or an Online Case Search to print a copy while viewing the document.

Q: Can I file a public records request online?

A: Yes. Please fill out the Public Records Request fillable form, following the instructions provided. Email the completed form and all related correspondence to cocpubreq@miamidade.gov.

Q: How do I know if I should appear in court from a notice received?

A: see below:

For all on-site criminal, civil, juvenile (dependency and delinquency), and traffic matters please visit the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida for the latest administrative order details.

All Parking and Code Enforcement hearings have been canceled until further notice.

Q:  How can I request a certified copy of a Probate document online?

A: We are pleased to announce the implementation of ordering certified copies of probate documents online. Please visit the Civil, Family and Probate Courts Online System to facilitate your Probate certified copies request.

Q: Can I still request a certified copy of a Probate document by mail?

A:  Yes, you can request a certified copy of a document by mail from the following address:

Probate Courts
Dade County Clerk's Office
Attn: Correspondence Dept.
73 W. Flagler Street, Room 238
Miami, Florida 33130

Q:  How can I request a certified copy of a Civil, Family or Probate/Mental Health recorded document online?

 
A:  After performing an Online Case Search and viewing the image, the system has an option to order a certified copy of a recorded document.  Visit Payments for payment instructions. The Clerk’s Office will mail you the certified document upon payment and processing.
 
Q:  How can I request a certified copy of any other recorded document type online (like a deed, mortgage or lien)?
 
A: After performing an Online Official Records Search and viewing the image, the system has an option to order and pay for a certified copy of a recorded document. The Clerk’s Office will mail you the certified document upon payment and processing.
 
Q:  How can I request a certified copy of a Civil, Family or Probate/Mental Health recorded document or any other recorded document type (like a deed, mortgage lien) by mail?
 
A:  You can request a certified copy of a recorded document by mail from the following addresses:
 
Dade County Clerk's Office
Attn: Correspondence Dept.
73 W. Flagler Street, Suite 137
Miami, FL 33130
 
Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center
Family Court / Correspondence
175 NW 1st Ave., 12th Floor
Miami, FL  33128
 
Dade County Clerk's Office
Attn: Correspondence Dept.
73 W. Flagler Street, Room 238
Miami, Florida 33130
 
Miami-Dade County
P.O. Box 011711, Flagler Station
Miami, Florida 33101
 
Please include the following with your request:
  • Case Number & Document Number or Book & Page
  • Year of Case or Year Document was Recorded
  • Names of parties involved
  • Type of document (for example: Deed, Mortgage, Order)
  • Mail appropriate statutory fee:
  • $1 per page, $2 per document for the certification
  • If you do not know the year/case number, an additional search fee of $2 per year, per name will be added for every year searched.
  • Visit Online Case Search or Online Official Records Search to obtain the number of page(s) in a document
  • Self-addressed stamped envelope
 
Q:  How can I request a Criminal (Felony and Misdemeanor), or Traffic certified copy by mail?
 
A:  You can request a Criminal certified copy by mail from the following addresses:
 
Miami-Dade County - Criminal Division
Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building
1351 NW 12th St., Suite 9000
Miami, Florida 33125
 
Miami-Dade County - Criminal Division
Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building
1351 NW 12th St., Suite 8100
Miami, Florida 33125
 
Miami-Dade County - Criminal Division
Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building
1351 NW 12th St., Suite 124
Miami, Florida 33125
 
Please include the following with your request:
  • Defendant's Name
  • Case Number 
  • Case Year
  • Date of Birth
  • Mail appropriate statutory fee:
  • Certified copies are $7, or if you do not know the year/case number, an additional search fee of $2 per year, per name will be added for every year searched.
  • Self-addressed stamped envelope 
 
Q:  How can I request a certified copy of a marriage license on-line?
 
A:  For marriage licenses issued after 1995, please visit Marriage License Bureau, select Marriage License Application Search, and follow the options to order and pay for a certified copy of a marriage license. The Clerk’s Office will mail you the certified copy upon payment and processing.
 
Q:  How can I request a certified copy of a marriage license by mail?
 
A:  For marriage licenses issued before 1995*, please complete the Marriage License Certified Copy Request Form, following request and payment instructions provided. Please mail the completed form with payment and self-addressed envelope to:
 
Overtown Transit Village South
601 NW 1 Court, Suite 1900
Miami, Florida 33136
 
*If you do not know the year/application number of a marriage license before 1972, please contact the State of Florida Vital Statistics Office in Jacksonville at 904-359-6900 ext. 9000, to obtain information.

Q:  My driver’s license is scheduled for suspension during the time the courthouses are closed to the public. How can I resolve my case while the courthouses are closed to the public?
 
A: see below
 
  • The Courts and Clerk of Courts will not be issuing driver’s license suspensions during the period that the courthouses are closed to the public due to COVID-19.
  • Please visit the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida for Administrative Order 20-04 and all subsequent administrative orders. All deadlines that fall within the time that the courthouses are closed to the public are extended until further order of the court.
  • If a driver’s license suspension is related to outstanding traffic citations
    Drivers have a 30-day window from the date the citation was issued to elect to pay the citation, register for traffic school, or set it for court.
    If the driver elected to pay the citation, please see Payments for the Clerk's On-line and Automated Phone Service payment options.
    If the driver chooses to set the case for court, those previously scheduled court dates that fall within the time the courthouses are closed to the public due to COVID-19 will be re-scheduled and you will be notified for a Remote Hearing via video/phone appearance.
  • For additional questions regarding outstanding traffic citations and driver’s license suspensions, please call the Clerk's Automated Phone Service at 305-275-1111.
 
Q:  My driver’s license was suspended before the Courthouses were closed to the public. How can I make a payment and have my driver’s license reinstated?
 
A: See Payments for the Clerk's Online and Automated Phone Service payment options. For additional questions please visit Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Q: Can I continue to file pleadings electronically through the Courts eFiling Portal?
 
A: Yes, the Clerk’s Office continues to process incoming pleadings for Criminal (Felony and Misdemeanor), Traffic, Juvenile (Dependency and Delinquency) and Civil (Circuit and County, Family, and Probate/Mental Health) matters submitted through the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal.
 
Q: As a self-represented litigant, can I file pleadings for Criminal (Felony and Misdemeanor), Traffic, Juvenile (Dependency and Delinquency) and Civil (Circuit and County, Family, and Probate/Mental Health) matters electronically?
 
A: Yes, please visit the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal for videos and instructions on how to file over the Internet.

Q: How can I file original death certificates and original wills?

A: Two drop-boxes have been installed respectively at the Dade County Courthouse (73 West Flagler Street) in the area between the stairs on the 1st floor upon entry of the building from the southside.

Q: Can I file pleadings for Family or Domestic Violence cases in person?

A: Two drop-boxes have been installed by the windows on the first floor of the Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center (175 NW 1st Avenue) to deposit Family Court documents and Domestic Violence documents.

Q: Is Self-Help Program currently offering assistance?

A: The Self-Help Program, which is operated by the administrative office of the Courts is providing assistance to self-represented litigants (parties without an attorney). Please visit Family Court Self-Help Program to make an appointment or chat online.

Please visit the Jurors page for more information. 

Q:  Is the Clerk’s Office issuing marriage licenses?

A: Yes. The Central Marriage License Bureau will be issuing marriage licenses on a limited basis by appointments only, with appointments commencing June 1st until further notice.

You must schedule an appointment online with our centrally located Marriage License Bureau. Appointments will be limited to processing the marriage application with the applicant couple only.

(Applicants must complete the Marriage License Bureau Online Pre-Application prior to scheduling an appointment. After completing the pre-application, you have 90 days to complete the marriage license application process in person).

In an emergency situation, please use the Clerk's Automated Phone Service to contact the Marriage License Bureau at (305) 275-1155.
 
Q:  How long is a marriage license valid before it expires?
 
A:  The marriage license is valid only for a period of 60 days after issuance, and no person shall perform any marriage after the expiration date of such license as per Florida Statue 741.041 which governs the marriage license process.
 
Q: While scheduling and performing wedding ceremonies are currently not available services, who can perform a wedding ceremony?

A: With an original marriage license, a Florida registered notary public or clergy of any denomination may perform a wedding ceremony and sign the original marriage license.

Q: Once the wedding ceremony has been performed, where do we send our original marriage license and how do we receive a certified copy?

A: The original marriage license must be mailed within 10 days of the ceremony to:
 
Overtown Transit Village South
601 NW 1 Court, Suite 1900
Miami, Florida 33136
 
The Clerk’s Marriage License Bureau will mail a certified copy of the marriage license to the home address provided within the marriage license application.

Q: How do I make a payment to the Clerk’s Office over the Internet? 
 
A: Please visit our Records page to use our online payment systems for processing credit card payments (Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover) as all Miami-Dade courthouses are closed to the public, except for essential matters and matters per judicial discretion.
 
Q: How do I make a payment using the Clerk’s Automated Phone Service? 
 
A: For the phone number to call:
 
305-676-0977
 
305-275-1155
 
305-275-1133
 
305-275-1111
 
The Clerk's Automated Phone Service provides case look-up features and allows you to make credit card payments (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover) without having to speak to a live operator. If you need further assistance, staff are available to take calls from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
 
Q: Can I mail my payment to the Clerk’s Office?
 
A: Payments can be mailed to the Clerk’s Office. You are encouraged to utilize our Clerk's On-line or Automated Phone Service payment options referenced above.
 
Q: What do I need to do if I am currently enrolled in a criminal (felony), misdemeanor or traffic payment plan and miss a payment?
 
A: If anyone is cancelled from their payment plan during the timeframe that the courthouses are closed to the public, they will be re-enrolled without any penalty or additional fees. To re-enroll, please visit one of our office locations after the courthouses re-open to the public.

Q: How can I make a payment if I received an Impoundment Order or Notice of a Registration Stop for unpaid Parking Violations?

A: Please call 305-275-1133 and press '0' to speak to one of our Clerks. They will process the payment and provide you with a Certificate of Compliance.

Due to our continued commitment to serving the citizens of Miami-Dade County during COVID-19, you can use our online resources below to take care of your business with us, as the County Recorder’s office is closed to the public. 

Q: How can I record my document into the official record?

A: You can record your document into the official record by:
  • Visiting eRecording for guidelines and third party vendors available to process your request electronically
  • Mailing your original document, following the requirements for recording, along with providing a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:
    Miami-Dade County Recorder
    P.O. Box 011711 Flagler Station
    Miami, Florida 33101

Q: The 11th Judicial Circuit Court is offering Online Case Resolution (OCR) for traffic citations involving proof of compliance. What are considered proof of compliance traffic citations?
 
A: Proof of compliance traffic citations are:
  • Expired registration
  • No registration certificate
  • Expired Driver License
  • Driver License not carried
  • No Proof of Insurance
 
Q: Through the OCR option, can I use my out of state Driver’s License as proof of compliance for my driver’s license violation traffic citation?  
 
A: An out of state driver’s license may be considered valid to drive in Florida, subject to eligibility determination by the Traffic Hearing Officer.
 
Q: I renewed my insurance the same day I was issued the traffic citation. Will a copy of my proof of new insurance dismiss my traffic citation?
 
A: The Court will determine if your compliance documents are valid and if your case may be dismissed.  
 
Q: How do I request a court hearing using OCR?
 
A: Once you file a request for trial for your traffic citation, you will receive a notice to appear in court with your hearing date. If your traffic citation is eligible for OCR, there will be information on the court notice advising you of your eligibility, with a link to Online Case Resolution.
 
Q: Will I need to talk to the Traffic Hearing Officer on the day of my hearing?
 
A: No, a Traffic Hearing Officer reviews the compliance documents you submitted online. You will receive a text or email notification from OCR with the Traffic Hearing Officer’s decision. If you do not choose OCR, you MUST appear remotely or through telephonic appearance on the date and time indicated on your notice of court appearance through ZOOM by entering the meeting ID or telephone number provided.
 
Q: Who will notify me if my case was closed?
 
A: OCR will send you an email or text notifying you of the Traffic Hearing Officer’s decision. You can view case status by visiting the OCR status page within Online Case Resolution.
 
Q: Will I get something in writing stating the Traffic Hearing Officer’s decision?
 
A: If your proof of compliance was accepted and your case is dismissed, through a text or email notification from OCR, you will be provided with a final judgment.
 
Q: How long does it take before I can view the status of my case on the Clerk’s website?
 
A: In addition to you receiving an OCR text or email notification with the Traffic Hearing Officer’s decision, the final disposition will be available on the Clerk’s website the day after your OCR session. Please visit the Clerk's Traffic Online System.
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