Official Records

New Process for Recording Deeds Starts January 1, 2024

The Florida Statutes are amended as necessary to reflect the changing needs and concerns of Florida citizens.  In an effort to curb the rise of property fraud, a recent amendment to FL Statute 695.26 regarding the recording of deeds will go into effect at the first of the year.

Currently, two witness signatures are required on all deeds, along with the name of each witness to be legibly printed, stamped, or typewritten beneath the signature. Beginning January 1, 2024, the new amendment will also require each witness’s post office address be clearly printed, stamped or typewritten below the signature and name. This extra step will aid in properly identifying the witnesses during the transfer of property.

The Clerk of Court is custodian of a large volume and variety of records. We are the custodian of all financial related records (for more information on these records please visit the Finance page), all court records (for more information on these records please visit the Courts page) and all other records having to do with land ownership such as deeds, mortgages, liens, judgments, etc. Our Official Records department also oversees other functions such as tax deeds, marriage licenses, and passport applications.

These official records are a public record and you can view them in two ways:

  • You can visit the Courthouse and view, inspect and copy the paper records on file
  • You can view or print an unofficial copy (contains a “watermark”) of electronic records online by visiting

Our responsibilities in recording a document in the Official Records are:

  • To review the document to make sure it meets Florida Statute requirements in form. Please note that we cannot give legal advice and our office does not and cannot confirm that the information contained on a document is correct before recording it in the official records
  • Record the instrument number, book and page number, date and time of recording, and amount of documentary and intangible tax, if required, on the document
  • Create an alphabetical Official Record index from information contained in each document
  • Collect all appropriate recording fees and documentary and intangible taxes
  • To digitally image each document, perform quality control checks on the image, and redact certain statutory information from public viewing

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to record a document in the official records?
Recording fees vary depending on the type of document being recorded, the number of pages being recorded, how many names are in the document, whether the document needs certifying or notary services, etc…

How can I get a copy of an Official Record?
You can get a copy of an Official Record in the following ways:

How can I search for an Official Record?
You can search the County’s Official Records by visiting either the Clerk website or the State website listed above.

Public Record Disclaimer
To provide the public with important information regarding the operations and services of the Clerk of the Circuit Court, this web site has been compiled. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained is accurate and up to date; however, in our quickly changing environment, that is not always possible.

While Glades County Clerk’s Office has attempted to preserve the accuracy of the online version of the Official Records Index, this index is not official and the Glades County Clerk’s Office will not be responsible for any inaccuracies that may be encountered. Users should remember that the index is merely a guide to the information contained within the records referenced and should not be relied on in making any decision or determination regarding the underlying document. The user is advised to search on all possible spelling variations of proper names, as well as other search criteria, to maximize search results.

The Clerk’s Office shall not be liable for errors contained herein or for any damages in connection with the use of the information contained herein. Any person or entity using this information hereby releases the Clerk and its officers, agents and employees from any and all claims arising from the use of this site or information contained herein.

The Clerk maintains all immunities provided by law including, without limitation, the limits of liability found in Section 768.28, Florida Statutes. In using this website you agree to and understand the above.

If you have any questions, please call (863) 946-6010.