COVID-19 Updates 

During these unusually challenging times, the Clerk & Comptroller is keeping customers safe while ensuring access to justice. Many things are rapidly changing as the office works to adapt to the current environment and serve customers in the safest and most convenient way possible. Please monitor this page for the most current updates to our services. 

Updated COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Due to the increased number of COVID-19 cases and new guidelines from the CDC, Judge Ellen Masters, Chief Judge of the 10th Judicial Circuit, issued Administrative Order 1-60.1 on August 2, 2021. The order updates health and safety guidelines in the Polk County Courthouse:

  • Masks must be worn when entering and exiting the building and in all public spaces within the courthouse.
  • Masks are required for in-person court proceedings, including jury.
  • Social distancing is not required but strongly encouraged.
  • Remote proceedings are not required but are strongly encouraged, whenever possible. 

Self-Screen Required Before Entry

Please do not enter the courthouse if you:

  • Are positive for COVID-19, 
  • You have been told to isolate or quarantine, 
  • You have a fever of 100.4 or higher, 
  • Or you have any COVID-19 symptoms as described by the CDC (excluding those due to a known medical reason other than COVID-19). 

If you have determined that you cannot enter the courthouse and you are scheduled for an in person proceeding, please contact the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) at (863) 534-4686 and let your attorney (if applicable) know. If you need access to the separate office of other constitutional officers or non-judicial offices located in the courthouse, please contact the applicable office directly or the AOC at (863) 534-4686.

Administrative Order

Full details of Administrative Order 1-60.1 are available on the 10th Judicial Circuit Court website.

Marriage and Passport Services

Appointments are no longer necessary for marriage licenses and new passport applications.

Hours of Operation

As a reminder, the Clerk's office closes at 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. This includes the Official Records Department.

Remote Services

Remote services remain available as a convenience for the public. This includes: