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Judgment Lien

Your Filing Options

File online with a credit card.

OR

Complete the fillable PDF form using your computer.

OR

Print the PDF form.

When sending your document, do not include a copy of your judgment order or a self-addressed stamped envelope.

 

Information You Should Know

  • Judgment liens on personal property in Florida are filed with the Florida Department of State.
  • Filing with the Department of State serves as public notice that the creditor (the person who won the judgment) has a monetary judgment placed against the debtor (the person who owes the money).
  • Liens are valid for five years from the original filing date.
    • Florida law allows judgment liens to be filed a second time to extend the lien’s validity five more years. (See s.55.201-55.209, F.S.)
  • You can search for liens on our website.
  • If the debtor is a business entity, the debtor’s assigned Department of State document number is required.
  • Writs of Execution are not docketed with the County Sheriff’s office.

Payment Options

  • Make all checks payable to the Florida Department of State. Check and money orders must be payable in U.S. currency drawn from a U.S. bank.
  • Credit cards accepted for filing online are MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express.

Processing

  • File online: 2-3 business days. You will receive an acknowledgment email once the form is processed.
  • File by mail: 5-10 business days, or longer during peak periods.

 

Forms

Public Records Notice:  Any information you submit on your document will be part of the public record and made available for public view on the Division’s website.