As of Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at 9:31 am, the Clerk’s Recording Department had 5,000,000 official records in Collier County, according to Dwight E. Brock, Clerk of the Circuit Court.
The one page instrument recorded as # 5,000,000 was a Notice of Commencement which provided public notice of an improvement planned for a piece of real property in the County, in accordance with Chapter 713 of the Florida Statutes.
Lee McCaskey of Florida Records Research was present on April 29, 1986 when the Clerk’s Office recorded instrument # 1,000,000. Needless to say, a lot has changed since then, according to McCaskey. He recalled that there was only a handful of staff back then and recording documents was primarily a manual process. On that day, the Naples Daily News was there to report the official recording as a major milestone in Collier County’s history.
Today, people can eRecord documents in the official records by setting up an account, scanning documents into a TIFF file and submitting them electronically to the Clerk’s website. Payment for recording the document is debited from their account balance. After the document is recorded in the official records, it is placed into the customer’s account so it can be accessed, copied or emailed as needed. The eRecording service is completely electronic so the Clerk’s staff is able to process more documents with fewer resources saving customers time, money and effort, not to mention a trip to the courthouse!
In the last few months, the Clerk’s Office recorded an average of 640 official records per day, or 2,000 pages, which is the equivalent to a 4,000 page Official Records Book every other day.
Last year 147,773 official records were recorded in Collier County, of which, 24,332 documents were eRecorded. The electronic recording service continues to grow as more attorneys, title companies and the public take advantage of this convenient, secure and fast service.
The Clerk’s Recording Department is always available and willing to answer questions and assist customers in setting up their own eRecording account. The following link has information which explains how to get started with eRecording: http://www.collierclerk.com/recording/official-land-records/
For more information contact:
Robert D. St. Cyr, Director, Community Outreach
Clerk of the Circuit Court, Collier County, FL
(239) 252 – 6879