Washington County Clerk of Court and Comptroller
Lora C. Bell welcomes you to the official website for the Clerk of the Circuit Court/Comptroller for Washington County. We are located at 1293 Jackson Avenue, Suite 101, Chipley, Florida.
The Office of the Clerk is a complex organization that performs a wide range of record keeping, information management, and financial management for the judicial system and county government.
This site is designed to keep you informed and assist you in conducting your business with the Clerk’s office. Please feel free to send comments and/or suggestions here.
UPDATED LOBBY INFORMATION
Beginning May 18th, the lobby of the Clerk’s Office will reopen with four (4) people allowed to enter at a time, while exercising social distancing.
Many of our services are, and will remain, available online or by telephone, preventing the need of coming into the lobby in person. For example:
- Child support payments can be made online at:
- Official records can be recorded using Simplifile or eRecording. For Simplifile, call 800-460-5657, and for eRecording, call 866-652-0111 to begin sending your recordable documents electronically.
- Civil lawsuits can be filed using the ePortal. Call 850-577-4609 for more information.
- Traffic tickets and court fines/costs can be paid by phone at: 850-638-6285.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
- Passport applications are not being accepted until further notice.
- Foreclosure sales have been suspended through June 2, 2020.
The Washington County Clerk of Court is committed to serving you. The health, safety, and peace of mind of our Washington County residents is our top priority during this unprecedented emergency due to the Coronavirus, or COVID-19.
Throughout Florida, we are seeing the financial side effects of the COVID-19 situation, and recognize the impact it is having on hardworking Floridians. If you have been impacted by the COVID-19 situation, we want you to know that Florida’s Clerks are here to help.
We strongly encourage individuals with traffic tickets or other outstanding court ordered financial obligations, who are facing a hardship, to contact our office at (850) 638-6285 to discuss the various options that may be available to you, such as reasonable payment plans. We know these are uncertain times for many, and our office is committed to working with you on a plan that best meets your circumstances.
Please also keep in mind, for those practicing social distancing or are concerned about vulnerable populations, many of our services, including payment options, are also available online.
Effective immediately, per Supreme Court Administrative Order No. AOSC20-23 (COVID-19 Emergency Measures for the Florida State Courts) there are currently no court proceedings and trials until further notice. Essential court proceedings are still in place via video and are restricted to the public.