Crystal Kinzel – Clerk of Courts August Update


The Clerk’s Report – August 2023

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I hope everyone is staying cool and enjoying this summer! While this is the perfect time to relax and enjoy our great beaches, August is back-to-school month, which means additional expenses for many families.

To save money, make sure to take advantage of the Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, which began July 24 and will run until August 6, 2023.

Collier County’s 1% Infrastructure Surtax Set to Expire This Year, Two Years Earlier Than Expected

In November of 2018 the citizens of Collier County, by the margin of 51% to 49%, approved a referendum allowing for the collection of a 1% Infrastructure Surtax. Collections began January 1, 2019, and were to continue for seven (7) years, or until the tax generated $490 Million dollars countywide

New, Modern Official Records
Web Page

On July 13th, we published a new, modern Official Records web page on the website.  This new page expands the public’s ability to search the Official Records for important documents pertaining to their property and personal lives.

Collier County Clerk Receives GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) is pleased to announce that Collier County Clerk of the Courts, Florida, has received GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its Annual Budget for the fiscal year beginning October 01, 2022. This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting.

Learn more.

Office of Inspector General Whistleblower Program

The Clerk’s Office of Inspector General (OIG), conducts internal audits and fields complaints pertaining to the operations of the Clerk’s Office. The OIG also investigates fraud, waste and abuse related to the operations of the Collier County Board of Commissioners, and its staff, and/or vendors.

100 Years of Official Records Online

In celebration of Collier County’s Centennial, our Collier Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller’s office completed publishing the Official Records of Collier County online to the Clerk’s website,

Short vs. Long Form Death Certificates

Our recording office is responsible for recorded death certificates. We record death certificates from all states and occasionally even other countries if they are fully translated. The State of Florida provides two forms of death certificates.

Never Miss a Criminal Court Event with E-Notify

In 2019, the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers (FCCC), The Office of State Court Administrator, and the Clerks of Court Operations Corporation released the “E-Notify” program to the public, which allowed individuals to sign-up to receive email and text messages of any upcoming criminal court events.

Are Electronic Signatures Always Acceptable?

Confusion arises as to whether handwritten signatures are necessary, or whether electronic signatures are always acceptable when you are recording an instrument in the Public Records of Collier County.

Become a Part of Our Team!

A career at the Clerk’s Office provides you with an opportunity to help the citizens of Collier County every day. We believe our employees and volunteers are our greatest assets in providing superior service and delivering essential services to our customers.

Thank you to everyone who attended our Centennial Celebration!

Would you like Clerk Kinzel to speak at one of your upcoming events?

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Collier County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller
3315 Tamiami Trail East, Suite 102
Naples, Florida 34112  USA

Community Relations and Outreach
(239) 252-6879


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