Search Public Records in Polk County, FL. Results May Include: Marriage and Divorce Records, Criminal Records, Birth and Death Records, Probate Documents, Land Records, Arrests, Addresses, Liens and Judgments.
Polk County is located in central Florida, between Orlando and Tampa. Its eastern boundary is formed by the Kissimmee River. The population, as of the 2010 census, was 602,095. The county was named for James K. Polk, the 11th President of the United States, when it was established in 1861. The total area is 2,011 square miles, making it the fifth-largest county in the state. While the largest city is Lakeland, the county seat is Bartow.
The Polk County Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller’s Records Department deals with all the county records. The department performs a number of functions, including issuing marriage licenses, processing US passport applications, recording documents into the Official Records, assisting in public records searches, and processing tax deed applications. Records maintained by the department include but are not limited to notices, claims of liens, deeds, mortgages, assignments, leases, agreements, satisfactions, and other instruments relating to the transfer, ownership, and encumbrance of real and personal property. In addition, the department also records documents related to declarations of domicile, court records, military discharge documents, and certain federal instruments.
To do a public records search online, you will have to visit the Polk County Clerk’s website. The website has easy to follow steps and links that will direct you to the records that are available. In addition, the website has the fee schedule applicable when requesting public records. Records from 1957 to the present are available online. The other way to obtain public records is by visiting the records department in person. Alternatively, you can call the records department at and make inquiries regarding public records.
To visit the records department in person, go to 225 N. Broadway Avenue in Bartow. To make a request by mail, use the following address: Clerk of Circuit Court, PO Box 9000, Drawer CC-8, Bartow, FL 33831.
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