Learn from experts how to access millions of Lee County’s court records, including divorce, traffic tickets, civil lawsuits, and criminal cases.
Lee County Clerk of Court Linda Doggett is hosting a free webinar to teach you how to search and view court records from the convenience of your home computer. The public webinar will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 28.
“As your Clerk, I am responsible for safeguarding every court document filed in Lee County,” Doggett said.
“During this webinar, you will learn which records you can view online and how to request any documents that require redaction.”
The presenters will share how to navigate the Court Records Inquiry programand its customized views for the public and attorneys. You will also learn how to purchase e-certified court records, view the court calendar, and submit a public records request.
To register for the webinar, visit www.leeclerk.org/investigations101. The webinar, titled Investigations 101: How to Search & E-Certify Court Records, is part of the Clerk’s new monthly webinar series, which teaches citizens about the resources available to help file cases and navigate the court system.
Attorneys who attend the webinar will qualify for one general CLE credit and one technology CLE credit.
While the Clerk’s staff can answer procedural questions, the office is prohibited from offering legal advice. If customers who are not represented by an attorney have legal questions, they can visit www.leeclerk.org/appointmentto schedule a free appointment with Legal Aid at the Justice Center in Fort Myers.
For more information about the Clerk’s office, visit www.leeclerk.org or call 239-533-5000.
Lee County Clerk Linda Doggett is asking the public to avoid putting their confidential information in civil court records.
Starting July 1, the Florida Supreme Court will make filers responsible for ensuring their information is kept confidential in circuit civil, county civil and small claims court documents.
Attorneys and those representing themselves in court will need to file Notices of Confidential Information when filing documents with Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, and other non-public information. This rule change will not affect family cases, such as divorces, child support, and domestic violence cases.
“To help everyone understand how to keep their confidential information private, we will be hosting a free webinar at 2 p.m. June 23,” Doggett said. “We will share what information can be redacted in civil court documents, proper forms and procedures to use, and common pitfalls to avoid.”
To register for the webinar, click HERE. The webinar is the first in the Clerk’s new monthly series titled “Your Gateway to the Courts.” The webinars will teach citizens about the resources available to help file cases and navigate the court system.
While the Clerk’s staff can answer procedural questions, the office is prohibited from offering legal advice. If customers who are not represented by an attorney have legal questions, they can visit www.leeclerk.org/appointment to schedule a free appointment with Legal Aid at the Justice Center in Fort Myers.
For more information about the Clerk’s office, visit www.leeclerk.orgor call 239-533-5000.
Lee Clerk Linda Doggett announced her Cape Coral office has resumed recording services by appointment.
Cape Coral residents and businesses may again schedule appointments to record deeds, mortgages, and other official records between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
At the Cape Coral branch, customers can also pay traffic fines, court case fees, probation, and other municipal and county infractions. Appointments can be scheduled at leeclerk.org/appointment.
“Ensuring easy, convenient access to our services is my primary goal,” Doggett said.
“Now our most popular services are once again available in our county’s most populated city for those who can’t access them online.”
If customers are unable to visit the office in person, they can e-record documents online with an approved vendor. Information about e-recording is available at leeclerk.org/erecord. Customers can also connect via TeleClerk video conferencing at leeclerk.org for select services during business hours without an appointment.
Notary services are also offered at the Cape Coral branch for a $10 fee, but passport and marriage services are currently not available. Cape Coral residents may apply for passports at the post office across the street or at the County Administration Building in Fort Myers.
The Cape Coral branch office is located on the second floor of the Lee County Government Center, 1039 SE 9th Place. In response to the governor’s executive order, customers are no longer required to wear masks in county buildings.
A drop box is also available outside the building to leave payments or documents for processing.
For more information on services offered at the Cape Coral branch, visit LeeClerk.org or call 239-533-5000.
If you have overdue traffic tickets or court fees in Lee County that is affecting the status of your driver’s license, Clerk Linda Doggett is giving you a break on collection fees during Operation Green Light. The virtual event is part of a statewide initiative designed to help drivers get back on the road.
In Lee County, the event will be held Nov. 9-19 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 20 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
To participate, customers can connect via TeleClerk video conference or call 239-533-5000 to pay by credit card. To connect to TeleClerk, click on the icon on the homepage of LeeClerk.org. Customers who wish to pay in cash or by check at the Justice Center must schedule an appointment at LeeClerk.org. Only TeleClerk services are available during extended office hours.
“This year, customers have the opportunity to participate in Operation Green Light from the safety and convenience of their home,” Doggett said.
“Our new video conferencing service is especially beneficial to all our customers who have suspended driver licenses and cannot drive to the Justice Center.”
If customers are unable to pay in full during the event, they can still benefit from the substantial savings by signing up for a payment plan. Once all court fees and traffic tickets are paid in full, customers may be eligible to reinstate their driver licenses. Additional fees may be required by the Tax Collector’s office to reinstate a driver license.
Payments by credit card are subject to a transaction fee. Customers with in-person appointments can make payments in cash, cashier’s check, money order or credit card. Appointments will be held at the Justice Center, 2075 MLK Blvd. in Fort Myers.
Customers who pay in person are required to undergo CDC-recommended health screenings. Temperatures are checked at security checkpoints, face coverings are required while inside the building, and social distancing is enforced.
During last year’s event, nearly 850 customers saved more than $1 million and 545 became eligible to get their license back.
Payments must be made in counties where the fees and fines are owed. Many other Clerk’s offices throughout Florida will be holding Operation Green Light events from Nov. 9-21.
Lee County Clerk Linda Doggett announced the Cape Coral office will resume services by appointment starting Oct.26, 2020. Appointments at the government center will be available between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Cape Coral residents may schedule an appointment to pay traffic fines, court case fees, probation, and other municipal and county infractions. Notary services are also provided for a $10 fee, and a free public computer station is available to search and view court and official records online.
“Our primary goal is to ensure our Lee County residents have easy access to our services in a safe environment,” Doggett said. “While most of our services are available online, we understand that not everyone has computer or internet access.”
Anyone visiting the office will be required to wear a face mask, maintain six feet distance from others, and there is a two person limit in elevators. If they are unable to visit the office in person, they can connect via Zoom for select services during business hours without an appointment.
To schedule an appointment or video conference with a Deputy Clerk via Zoom, customers can visit LeeClerk.org.
Customers wishing to record documents are directed to use the Clerk of Court drop-box at the Cape Coral or Fort Myers Offices.
Passport services are available by appointment at the County Administration Building in downtown Fort Myers. Please refer to our website www.LeeClerk.org for detailed information or call 239-533-5007 for an appointment. Additionally, the City of Cape Coral is now offering passport services by appointment at the Cape City Hall complex. Call 239-574-0411 to make an appointment.
Until future notice, only virtual Marriage Licenses and Ceremonies are available. Please refer to our website www.LeeClerk.org for details.
The Cape Coral branch office is located on the second floor of the Lee County Government Center, 1039 SE 9th Place.
For more information on services offered, visit LeeClerk.org or call 239-533-5000.
It is now required that customers bring a completed, unsigned passport application to their appointment. Valid proof of citizenship, photo ID, and a passport photo must be provided when applying. Copies of the front and back of the photo ID and citizenship documents must also be provided at the application appointment.
“We’re pleased to resume passport services while ensuring the safety and well-being of our customers and Deputy Clerks,” said Linda Doggett, Lee County Clerk of Courts.
“This much-needed service is essential for many of our residents; especially those who need to travel for business or care for loved ones.”
Applicants wishing to receive their passports sooner than 12 weeks can request expedited service for an extra fee to receive their passport within 4 to 6 weeks.
Anyone entering the County Administration Building is required to wear a mask. To ensure proper distancing in the office, only customers applying for passports will be allowed into the office. Children may stay with their parents.
To schedule an appointment, customers can call 239-533-5007. Passport services are provided in the Recording Department on the 2nd floor of the County Administration Building, located at 2115 Second Street in Fort Myers.
Passports are $110 for citizens age 16 and older or $80 for those 15 years old and younger, payable to the U.S. Department of State. A separate $35 processing fee is payable to the Clerk of Court.
Lee County citizens planning to travel overseas in the coming months can once again apply for a passport at the Clerk of Courts. Appointments are now required, and passports may take up to 12 weeks to be issued by the U.S. Department of State.
For downloadable passport applications and a full list of required documentation and fees, please visit LeeClerk.org/passports.