ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., Oct. 29, 2021 — The St. Johns County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller today launched E-Certify, making certified records available electronically for purchase 24 hours a day through its website, stjohnsclerk.com.
“E-Certify is the latest technology we offer to provide easy, affordable access to county records and services,” said St. Johns County Clerk and Comptroller Brandon J. Patty. “While you can still visit us at the courthouse for certified copies of records, you can now also access these documents through a few clicks of a smartphone or computer.”
Non-certified copies of court documents and official records are available online for free, but customers often need certified copies of documents, such as wills, divorce decrees, marriage licenses or satisfaction of mortgage documents to prove authenticity.
To purchase a certified document through E-Certify, the document must be in a viewable electronic format.
In addition to convenience and immediacy, benefits to online access include increased security and less risk of document fraud. Each electronic certified document uses advanced encryption to produce a tamper-proof electronic certified document that will include a unique Clerk of Court digital signature and tracking number.
To access documents via E-Certify, costs include a $2 certification fee and $1 per page (statutory fees), plus a $6-per-document service fee (vendor fee) and 3.5 percent credit card fees. By downloading and saving the document, it can be printed and reprinted as many times as desired.
Entities verifying an electronically certified document may do so online around the clock, free of charge.