Under Florida law, email addresses are public records. If you do not want your email
address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic
email to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

Pursuant to 119.12 (2), F.S., the custodian of public records is Hampton Peterson, 561.355.2996.

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Records Research & Copies


SCAM ALERT: Don't Overpay for Copies of Public RecordsPalm Beach County residents should be cautious if solicited by private companies
offering copies of public records for fees ranging from $40 to $89.


Records Services Transmittal Form (PDF)

For ordering copies, searches and CD-ROMs


The Clerk & Comptroller's Records Service Center assists the public in searching for documents recorded in the Official Record Books of Palm Beach County by name or legal description.

To receive assistance for a simple search over the telephone, please have the full name you wish searched and the exact year the document was recorded or provide a legal description and an approximate date of recording.

We cannot do complex or microfilm searches over the phone due to the length of time involved in the search. However, you may come in and search yourself or request a search by mail. For a mail search, please furnish the exact name and time period you wish searched; your name; a self-addressed, stamped envelope; and the appropriate fees.

The fee is $2.00 per name per year searched or $2.00 per legal description per year searched. Please make your check payable to: Sharon R. Bock, Clerk & Comptroller and mail it to P.O. Box 4526, West Palm Beach, Fl. 33402-4526.

If you would like a copy of the document, you must obtain the number of pages associated with the document and enclose $1.00 per page. If you wish to have the document certified, there is an additional charge of $2.00 per instrument.

Our office issues a variety of affidavits to certify the existence of a record or the lack thereof.  For more information about affidavits, please call (561) 355-2932.

The Clerk & Comptroller provides non-interest bearing escrow accounts for payment of services such as Index/Photocopy fees. Read more about Escrow Accounts.


The Photocopy area of the Records Service Center provides copies and certified copies of Official Records, plats, various types of court records, and progress dockets from Circuit Civil/Probate, County Civil, and most Unified Family Court cases.