What type of information is available on the Official Records Public Search?

The Official Records Public Search contains an index to documents recorded into the Official Records of Broward County, Florida between January 1, 1978, and the present, and actual images of documents recorded since August 1998. Images of documents recorded prior to August 1998 and the index to documents recorded before 1978 are available on microfilm, in the offices of the Records, Taxes and Treasury Division. It is our intent to make additional images available on this site over time.

Examples of documents posted on the site include deeds, mortgages, assignments of mortgage, leases, etc. that pertain directly to the transfer of real property; and other documents have indirect ties to real property, including judgments, liens, Declarations of Domicile, final judgments of court actions (both civil and criminal) and many other types of documents. Review Document Type List

Certain documents are not posted to the site:

  • Birth or death certificates – these can be located on the website of the State of Florida Vital Records.
  • Pleadings filed in court cases, both civil and criminal, except for final judgments entered in the cases. You will find a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage on this site, but not the Petition which instigated the action, nor the related Property Settlement Agreement. For more information, visit the records of the Clerk of Courts.
  • Pleadings from traffic court or small claims (County) court, except for the order commemorating the final action, marriage licenses or marriage certificates. For more information, visit the records of the Clerk of Courts.

What do I have to know to conduct a search on the Official Records Public Search?

You can search by name, by document type within a date range, by book and page, by consideration amount, by recording date, or by instrument number.

Must I have a “Registered Login” to use the Official Records Public Search service?

A login is not required. The Registered Login is a convenience for individuals or companies that do a lot of business with Broward County and have escrow or ACH accounts.

Can I print documents off the search site?

Yes, you can print, at no charge, a copy of the document detail screen or image (this is not an official copy). On some records, the print quality may be less than desirable. Once you locate the document you need, if you need a better quality copy or a certified copy, you can purchase one from Broward County Records, Taxes and Treasury Division.

How do I purchase a certified or better quality copy, and what is the fee?
Submit a written request for the document to:

Broward County Records, Taxes and Treasury Division
Attention: Search and Copy Section
115 S. Andrews Ave., Room 119
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of your copy(s). Checks or money orders are to be made payable to (B.O.C.C.) Board of County Commissioners.

We cannot sell individual pages of a document. You must order the entire document. Note the book and page number of the document(s) you are ordering in your copy request and enclose $1 per page for copies. If you want the document certified, you will need to include an additional $2 per document. For example, if you are requesting a certified copy of a six-page document, you should enclose $8 ($6 for the copy of the document and $2 for the certification).

How quickly are new documents posted to this website?

New documents are imaged and recorded each business day. Most indexing information, such as document type and party names involved in the transaction, is available as soon as the document is recorded. Recording is a process, so additional information may be added or changed as the document moves through the process.

Why does my screen wrap? - When I do a search and see the list of names from my search, some of the columns are wrapping around like they do not fit.
Since there are many types of monitors that you can use on a personal computer, the browsers provide a way to adjust the size of the text (font) on the screen. In order to change the size of the text, do the following:

With Microsoft Internet Explorer – Click ‘View’ on the main menu then ‘Increase Font’ or ‘Decrease Font’ to adjust your display. With Netscape Communicator – Click ‘View’ on the main menu then ‘Text Size’ and select smaller or larger.

Why can’t I see the bottom of my screen? – Sometimes it seems that the bottom of my screen is chopped off.
On the Internet, the displays, which are called pages, are different lengths. If the screen does not fit, a scroll bar will appear on the right side of the screen to allow you to move to the top or bottom.

What is the ‘Registered Login’ for – On the first page it says ‘Registered Login’?

This is for individuals or companies that do a lot of business with the county and have escrow accounts.

When I ‘Zoom’ I cannot see the area of the image that I am interested in?

After you Zoom, use your mouse to move the image around by holding down the left mouse button and moving the mouse.

What type of information is available on this website?

This site contains the index to documents recorded into the Official Records of Broward County, Florida between January 1, 1978, and the present, and actual images of documents recorded since August 1998. Images of documents recorded prior to August 1998 and the Index to documents recorded before 1978 are currently available only on microfilm in our office. As time goes by, we hope to make additional images available to you at this site.

Many of the documents, such as deeds, mortgages, assignments of mortgage, leases, etc. pertain directly to the transfer of real property, while others have more indirect ties to real property. You will find judgments, liens, Declarations of Domicile, final judgments of court actions, both civil and criminal, and many other types of documents. For a full list of documents, see the Document Type List. For your convenience, recording information, recording instructions, along with a variety of forms used exclusively for the recording of documents are available on this site.

What types of things are not available at this website?

Pleadings filed in court cases, both civil and criminal, are not recorded, except for final judgments entered in the cases. That is the reason why you will find the Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage, but not the Petition which instigated the action, nor the related Property Settlement Agreement. Likewise, you will not find pleadings from traffic court or small claims (County) court, except for the order commemorating the final action, marriage licenses or marriage certificates. Those types of documents must be accessed through the Clerk of the Circuit Court and are not generally available online. Vital records are not accessed at this site birth or death certificates can be accessed through the Office of Vital Statistics website.

Can I print the index information and a copy of the document I am viewing?

Yes, you can print (AT NO CHARGE) a copy of the document detail screen or image (this is not an official copy). You will notice that the print quality of the document may not be wonderful. If you need a better quality copy or a certified copy, you will need to purchase it from our office. It is our intention to give you the ability to look at documents on this site, rather than generate high quality copies.

How can I purchase certified or better quality copies?

For the present time, you will need to send your written print request to County Records Division, Attention: Search and Copy Section, 115 South Andrews Avenue, Room 119, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. We cannot sell you individual pages of a certified document. You must order the entire document. We need to know the book and page or instrument number of the document(s) you are ordering and enclose $1 per page. If you want the document certified, you will need to include an additional $2 per document. Example: If you are ordering a six page document and you want a certified copy, you would need to enclose $8 ($6 for the copy of the document and $2 for the certification). In the future, we hope to allow you to order documents via the Internet, using a credit card.

How can I get a good look at certain sections of the document image?

The best way to get a good look at a specific section is to use the “zoom” function. Zoom “in” until the text is the size that suits your needs, then use the cursor (which turns into a hand) to move around the document. If you want to get back to a normal size, zoom “out,” or use the pull-down menu to “Size to Fit.”

After you “zoom in” on the document, use your mouse to move the image around. Hold down the left button and slide the mouse around until you reach the area of the image you are interested in.

When I get the results of an online search, using the Official Records Public Search service, sometimes the information is hard to read. What can I do?

The type of monitor you use with your personal computer may affect your view of the search result. If the text appears wrapped, like it does not fit the screen, you may need to use your browser to adjust the size of the text (font) on your screen. If you use Microsoft Internet Explorer as your browser, click VIEW on the main menu, then click INCREASE FONT or DECREASE FONT to adjust your display. If you use Netscape Communicator as your browser, click VIEW on the main menu, click TEXT SIZE, then select SMALLER or LARGER.

Page lengths on the Web vary and some of the content on longer pages may not appear on your screen unless you scroll down. If page content is longer than your screen, a scroll bar will appear on the right side of your screen. Use it to move up and down on longer pages to see all the content there.