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Public Records Request

The Polk County Board of County Commissioners will ensure all county government records are open for inspection and copying by any person. The inspection and copying of records can be done at reasonable times and under reasonable conditions. If there is an exemption that applies to part of a record that requires redaction, the county will provide the statutory citation for the exemption and produce the remainder of such record for inspection and copying.

When the county receives records requests, the county will acknowledge all requests promptly and respond to such requests in good faith.

The Records Management Liaison Office will track the submission and response of all public record requests to ensure the county fulfills statutory requirements. However, anyone can make a public records request through any office within the county government. Visit the Florida Statutes and Rules website for more information concerning your statutory rights.

Under Florida law, you are not required to make a public records request in writing, or provide your name and reason for making a request. This link to an online request via GovQA is provided for your convenience.

If you do not wish to complete the online Public Records Request form, contact the Records Management Liaison Office.

The Records Management section is part of the Information Technology Division and is responsible for providing public records for the departments and divisions within the Polk County Board of County Commissioners.

Polk County's five constitutional officers: the Clerk of Court, Sheriff, Supervisor of Elections, Tax Collector, and Property Appraiser are responsible for providing their organizations' public records.

Polk County Clerk of Courts

(863) 534-4000

  • Civil cases
  • Criminal cases
  • Deeds
  • Estate Information
  • Evictions
  • Marriage licenses
  • Mortgages
  • Probate Records
  • Traffic tickets
  • View dockets

Polk County Sheriff's Office

(863) 298-6300

  • 911 Audio / Transcripts
  • Animal Control
  • Court Process
  • Crash Reports
  • Crime Reporting
  • Criminal Investigations

Polk County Tax Collector

(863) 534-4700

  • County Local Business Taxes
  • Dealer Transactions
  • Disabled Person Parking Placards
  • Driver's License Services
  • Hunting & Fishing Licenses
  • Mobile Home Titles, Registrations & Decals
  • Real Estate Property Taxes
  • Tangible Personal Property Taxes
  • Tourist Development Taxes
  • Vehicle Titles, Registrations, Plates & Decals
  • Vessel Titles, Registrations & Decals

Polk County Property Appraiser

(863) 534-4777

  • Assessment Limitations – (Amendment 10 Brochure)
  • GIS/Mapping
  • Mobile Home & Recreational Vehicles
  • Property Deeds & Ownership
  • Property Exemptions
  • Real Estate Assessment
  • Tangible Property
  • Tax Roll & Truth in Millage (TRIM)

Florida Department of Health in Polk County

(863) 519-7900

  • Birth Certificates
  • Death Certificates
  • Divorce Certificates
  • Marriage Certificates
  • Well Water Test Results

Medical Examiner

(863) 298-4600


  • Autopsy Reports

Contact Us

Phone: (863) 534-7670

330 W. Church St.
Bartow, FL 33830

Office Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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