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Fees and Costs

Court Filing Fees


Appeals Fees for Circuit Civil, Family, Felony and Probate Cases

VALID FORMS OF PAYMENT — Cash, Cashier’s Check, Money Order, Attorney's Check, or American Express, MasterCard or Visa credit cards. (Proper identification is required when paying in person by credit card.)

NO PERSONAL CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED.

ATTENTION ATTORNEYS — Attorney’s trust account checks must be imprinted with the words “Trust Account” or “IOLTA”.

Pursuant to F.S. 57.082 - Determination of civil indigent status. If you qualify for civil indigence, the filing and summons fees are waived; other cost and fees may not be waived. If you are determined not to be indigent, fees are due at the time of filing.

Two separate filing fees are required as follows:
Clerk of the Circuit Court Filing Fee $100.00
* Made payable to the "Broward County Clerk of Courts".
4th District court of Appeals Filing Fee. Must be filed with the 4th District. $300.00
* Made payable to the "4th District court of Appeals".

Appeals Fees for Traffic Infraction Cases

Clerk of the Circuit Court Filing Fee $281.00
* Made payable to the "Broward County Clerk of Courts".

Archives Fees

VALID FORMS OF PAYMENT — Cashier’s Check, Money Order, Attorney's Check, or American Express, MasterCard or Visa credit cards. (Proper identification is required when paying in person by credit card.)

Search Fee (per year searched) $2.00
Photocopy Fee (per page) $1.00
Certification Fee (per document) $2.00
Exemplification Fee (per document) $7.00

Circuit Civil Fees

VALID FORMS OF PAYMENT — Cash, Cashier’s Check, Money Order, Attorney's Check, or American Express, MasterCard or Visa credit cards. (Proper identification is required when paying in person by credit card.)

NO PERSONAL CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED.

ATTENTION ATTORNEYS — Attorney’s trust account checks must be imprinted with the words “Trust Account” or “IOLTA”.

Pursuant to F.S. 57.082 - Determination of civil indigent status. If you qualify for civil indigence, the filing and summons fees are waived; other cost and fees may not be waived. If you are determined not to be indigent, fees are due at the time of filing.


Circuit Civil Filing Fees

Circuit and Family New Case (Other than an action for real property or an action under Florida statutes Ch. 39,61, 742, and 753)Actions over $30,000.00 $401.00
Re-Open Fee (fee charged for each pleading filed in a “closed case” which requires Judicial action) $50.00
For the filing of any cross-claim, counterclaim or third party complaint (excluding real property) $395.00
For the filing of any cross-claim, counterclaim or third party complaint on an action for real property: For a claim where the value is $50,000.00 $395.00
For the filing of any cross-claim, counterclaim or third party complaint on an action for real property: For a claim where the value is more than $50,000.00 but less than $250,000.00 $900.00
For the filing of any cross-claim, counterclaim or third party complaint on an action for real property: For a claim where the value is $250,000.00 or more $1900.00
For a new civil action in circuit court relating to real property or mortgage foreclosure, the following filing fees shall apply: For a claim where the value is $50,000.00 or less $401.00
For a new civil action in circuit court relating to real property or mortgage foreclosure, the following filing fees shall apply: For a claim where the value is more than $50,000.00 but less than $250,000.00 $906.00
For a new civil action in circuit court relating to real property or mortgage foreclosure, the following filing fees shall apply: For a claim where the value is $250,000 or more $1906.00
For a new civil action in circuit court relating to Contraband Forfeiture, the following filing fee shall apply: $1002.00
Issuance of a summons, per summons $10.00
For each timeshare estate joined in a consolidated foreclosure action, the regular filing fee plus, per estate $10.00
Appeal (County Court to Circuit Court) $281.00
Notice of cross appeal (County Court to Circuit Court) $295.00
Extension of Time (Medical Malpractice) $43.00
Foreign Judgment Writ Fee $42.00
Writ Fee (Garnishment, Attachment, Replevin, and Distress) $85.00
For all cases in excess of 5 defendants, the regular filing fee plus, per defendant $2.50
Service Charge for Parties granted Severance $18.00

Circuit Civil Miscellaneous Charges

Oath, administering, attesting and sealing not otherwise provided for in F.S. 28.24 $3.50
Sealing of Court File or expunging of any record $42.00
Eminent Domain Actions, regular filing fee plus per deposit $170.00
Search of Records Fee, per year $2.00
Subpoena Fee (Sign and seal) $2.00
Attorney appearing Pro Hac Vice $100.00
Bond Approval Fee $8.50
Exemplified Certificates, sign and seal $7.00
Foreclosure Sale Fee $70.00

Circuit Civil Photocopying Fees

Photocopies of public records, per page $1.00
Certification of copies of public or official document filed in the Clerk’s Office $2.00
Verifying any document presented for certification and prepared by someone other than the Clerk $3.50
Preparing any document other than specifically mentioned in F.S. 28.24 $7.00

County Civil Fees

VALID FORMS OF PAYMENT — Cash, Cashier’s Check, Money Order, Attorney's Check, or American Express, MasterCard or Visa credit cards. (Proper identification is required when paying in person by credit card.)

NO PERSONAL CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED.

ATTENTION ATTORNEYS — Attorney’s trust account checks must be imprinted with the words “Trust Account” or “IOLTA”.

Pursuant to F.S. 57.082 - Determination of civil indigent status. If you qualify for civil indigence, the filing and summons fees are waived; other cost and fees may not be waived. If you are determined not to be indigent, fees are due at the time of filing.


County Civil Filing Fees

Claims less than $100 $55.00
Claims of $100 or more, but not more than $500 $80.00
Claims of more than $500, but not more than $2,500 $175.00
Claims of more than $2,500, but not more than $15,000 $300.00
Claims of more than $15,000, but not more than $30,000 $400.00
Removal of Tenant Actions $185.00
Chapter 82 - Unlawful Detainer $300.00
For all claims of not more than $1,000 filed simultaneously with an action for replevin of property that is the subject of the claim $130.00
For the filing of any cross-claim, counterclaim or third party complaint in excess of $2,500 $295.00
Issuance of a summons, per summons $10.00
For all cases in excess of 5 defendants, the regular filing fee plus, per defendant $2.50
Re-open case fee (fee charged for each pleading in a “closed” case that requires Judicial action-claims of not more than $500.00 $25.00
Re-open case fee (fee charged for each pleading in a “closed” case that requires Judicial action-claims exceeding $500.00 $50.00
Writ fee (garnishment, replevin, attachment, distress) $85.00
Service by registered mail (small claims only, FL resident only) per defendant $9.00

County Civil Miscellaneous Charges

Photocopying of public records, per page $1.00
Record search-per year $2.00
Certification of copies of public or official documents filed in the Clerk’s office $2.00
Verifying any document presented for certification and prepared by someone other than the clerk $3.50
Preparing exemplification certificate, certificate of non-suit, including signing & sealing $7.00
Subpoena fee (sign and seal) $2.00
Issuing execution & other enforcement process-foreign judgment $42.00
Attorney appearing Pro Hac Vice $100.00
Approving surety bond $8.50
Sealing of court file or expunging of any record $42.00

County Civil Additional Fees

Writ fee (garnishment, attachment, replevin and distress) $85.00
Garnishment answer fee $103.00
Fee for issuing each summons $10.00
Fee for issuing each subpoena $2.00
Fee for filing any cross-claims, counter-claims or third party complaints in excess of $2,500.00. $295.00
Foreign Judgment Writ Fee $42.00
Fee for Sealing of Court File or Expunging of any record $42.00
Bond Approval Fee $8.50
Each defendant in excess of five (5) on a case $2.50

Family Fees

VALID FORMS OF PAYMENT — Cash, Cashier’s Check, Money Order, Attorney's Check, or American Express, MasterCard or Visa credit cards. (Proper identification is required when paying in person by credit card.)

NO PERSONAL CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED.

ATTENTION ATTORNEYS — Attorney’s trust account checks must be imprinted with the words “Trust Account” or “IOLTA”.

Pursuant to F.S. 57.082 - Determination of civil indigent status. If you qualify for civil indigence, the filing and summons fees are waived; other cost and fees may not be waived. If you are determined not to be indigent, fees are due at the time of filing.


Family Filing Fees

Adoptions and Termination of Parental Rights $442.00
Dissolution/Annulment Marriage $409.00
Family Actions Under Florida Statutes Ch. 742, 752, and 753 $301.00
For the filing of any counter petition/domestic relations $295.00
Modification of Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage $50.00
Name Change $401.00
Circuit and Family New Case (Other than an action for real property or an action under Florida statutes Ch. 39,61, 742, and 753) Actions over $15,000.00 $401.00
Re-Open Fee (fee charged for each pleading filed in a “closed case” which requires Judicial action) $50.00
Issuance of a summons, per summons $10.00

Mental Health Fees

VALID FORMS OF PAYMENT — Cash, Cashier’s Check, Bank Official Check, Money Order, Attorney Trust Account check, or American Express, MasterCard or Visa credit cards. (Proper identification is required when paying in person by credit card.)

NO PERSONAL CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED.

No Fees or Court Costs are associated with the following:

  • Backer Act/Ex-parte
  • Marchman Act
Petition for Determination of Incapacity $231.00
Petition for Suggestion of Capacity $231.00
Petition for Guardian Advocate Person Only $236.00
Petition for Guardian Advocate Person and Property $401.00

Probate and Guardianship Fees and Costs

VALID FORMS OF PAYMENT — Cash, Cashier’s Check, Bank Official Check, Money Order, Attorney Trust Account check, or American Express, MasterCard or Visa credit cards. (Proper identification is required when paying in person by credit card.)

NO PERSONAL CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED.

For the opening of any estate that does not include issuance of Letters of Administration or Order of Summary Administration $232.00
Formal Administration, Guardianship, Ancillary, Curatorship or Conservatorship $401.00
Disposition of Personal Property without Administration $232.00
Summary Administration Less than $1000.00 $236.00
Summary Administration $1000.00 or more $346.00
Caveat $42.00
Notice of Trust $42.00
Guardianship of Person and Property $401.00
Guardianship of Person only $236.00
Veteran Guardianship $236.00
Veteran Guardianship of Person and Property $401.00

Marriage License Fees



VALID FORMS OF PAYMENT — Cash, Cashier’s Check, Money Order, or American Express, MasterCard or Visa credit cards. (Proper identification is required when paying in person by credit card.)

NO PERSONAL CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED.

Standard Marriage License Application Fee$86.00
Reduced Marriage License Application Fee$61.00
Original Certificate from Broward Registered Provider is Required 
Marriage Ceremony and Vow Renewal$30.00
Duplicate License Fee$30.00
Amendment of a Marriage License (Requires A Court Order)$30.00
Certified Copy of Recorded Marriage License$3.00
Administration of Oath$3.50
Stamped Envelope$1.00
Photo Copy$1.00
Search Fee$2.00

Passport Fees



Fees Paid to U.S. Department of State
*Fees below must be paid by Personal Check, Cashier’s Check or Money Order
Make payable to: U.S. Department of State

Passport Book Application Fee (Age 16 and over) $110.00
Passport Book Application Fee (Age 15 and under) $80.00
Passport Card Application Fee (Age 16 and over) $30.00
Passport Card Application Fee (Age 15 and under) $15.00
Expedite Fee (optional fee - in addition to application fee, per applicant) $60.00
Note: An application for a Passport Book and Passport Card (combined) may be expedited for one fee of $60.00 per applicant, if processed at the same time.

For information regarding processing times, please visit travel.state.gov website.

1-2 Day Delivery Service Fee (optional)
Note: 1-2 Day Delivery Service is not available for Passport Cards.
$17.56
Third Party Fees:
Passport Book
Age 16 and over: $170.00
Age 15 and under: $140.00

*All third party hand delivery service requires an authorization letter from the applicant, which can be obtained from the company. You are also required to submit an itinerary that shows a travel date outside the US within 14 days of travel. Fees must be paid by check, cashier’s check or money order. Do not include 1-2 day delivery fee with a third party service!

  IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Payment by check or money order must be in the exact amount. Otherwise, this will cause a delay.
  • There are no starter checks allowed.
  • NON REFUNDABLE FEE — The passport application fee is non-refundable. It is collected and retained by law even if a passport is not issued.

Fees Paid to Broward County Clerk of Court
*Fees below must be paid by Cash or with an American Express, MasterCard or Visa credit cards)

Clerk’s Execution Fee (per application) $35.00
Copy Service Fee (per page) $1.00
On-Site Passport Photo Fee (per application) $15.00

  IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • NON REFUNDABLE FEE — The clerk's execution fee is non-refundable. It is collected and retained by law even if a passport is not issued.

Apply for Criminal Indigent Status


If you are seeking the appointment of a public defender based on your inability to pay for a private attorney, per Chapter 27.52, Florida Statutes, refer to the information provided below on how to file the completed Application for Criminal Indigent Status form and pay the $50 application fee to the Clerk of Courts.

For each application filed, a $50.00 fee is required to be paid within 7 days to the Clerk of Courts division in which the case is filed.

Application Options - How to file the Application for Criminal Indigent Status form

Send by Email:

Send completed Application for Criminal Indigent Status form to FelonyeClerk@browardclerk.org,

Note: Only Felony, Traffic and Misdemeanor applications are accepted by email.

A signature on the form is required. You may either scan the originally signed document or place an electronic signature in the signature portion of the document prior to emailing. An example of an electronic signature is typed as /s/ John S. Doe. You may also refer to Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.515 for additional information regarding electronic signature formats.

If using this filing option, refer to payment option information below on how to pay the $50 fee by mail or in-person within 7 days of filing the application.


Send by Mail or In-Person:

For Felony cases, mail or bring in-person the completed Application for Criminal Indigent Status form to:

  • Broward County Clerk of Courts
  • Felony Division
  • 201 S.E. 6th Street
  • East Building, 1st Floor, Room: 1360
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

For Juvenile cases, mail or bring in-person the completed Application for Criminal Indigent Status form to:

  • Broward County Clerk of Courts
  • Juvenile Division
  • 201 S.E. 6th Street
  • West Building, 5th Floor, Room: 05180
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

For Traffic & Misdemeanor cases, mail or bring in-person the completed Application for Criminal Indigent Status form to:

  • Broward County Clerk of Courts
  • Traffic and Misdemeanor Division
  • 201 S.E. 6th Street
  • West Building, 1st Floor, Room: 1130
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

If using this filing option, refer to the payment option information below on how to pay the $50 fee by mail or in-person within 7 days of filing the application.

Payment Options - How to pay the $50 fee within 7 days of filing the application.

If paying in-person: Accepted forms of payments are Cash, Check, Money Order, Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit cards. NOTE: Proper identification is required when paying in person by credit card.

If paying by mail: DO NOT SEND CASH! Make checks or money orders (drawn on a United States bank only) payable to the “Clerk of the Courts”. Include the case number on your check or money order and reference PD application Fee.


Pay by Mail or In-Person:

  • Felony cases

Pay by Mail, or In-Person:

  • Broward County Clerk of Courts
  • Felony Division
  • 201 S.E. 6th Street
  • East Building, 1st Floor, Room: 1360
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

  • Juvenile cases

Pay by Mail, or In-Person:

  • Broward County Clerk of Courts
  • Juvenile Division
  • 201 S.E. 6th Street
  • West Building, 5th Floor, Room: 05180
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

  • Traffic and Misdemeanor cases

Pay In-person:

  • Broward County Clerk of Courts
  • Traffic and Misdemeanor Division
  • 201 S.E. 6th Street
  • West Building, 1st Floor, Room: 1130
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Pay by Mail:

  • Brenda D. Forman, Clerk of Courts
  • P. O. Box 14610
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL 33302-4610