What Does the Clerk & Comptroller Do?
Whether you get married, buy a house, receive a traffic ticket, or simply enjoy the benefits of a county that is financially stable, you have been impacted by the services of this highly diverse and complex office.
The Florida Constitution established the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, independently elected to protect public funds and public records while performing the following major functions.
The Clerk & Comptroller is the official "watchdog" of all county funds, providing the necessary checks and balances on the county's budget, revenue and spending. The Clerk also invests and earns revenue on county funds to reduce the tax burden on the citizens of Palm Beach County. The Clerk's responsible administration of this function helped to make Palm Beach County one of only a handful of counties nationwide to earn a AAA bond rating.
The Clerk & Comptroller maintains and ensures the integrity of the Official Record Books of Palm Beach County dating back to 1909. Documents such as mortgages, deeds, liens, judgments and marriage licenses are recorded and entered into a computer system that is available to the public online and at all office locations.
The Clerk & Comptroller supports the county’s criminal, civil and juvenile courts by processing, recording and filing documents such as lawsuits, traffic tickets, divorce agreements, wills, domestic violence petitions and tenant evictions. The Clerk is responsible for safeguarding and protecting the integrity of all court records.
The Clerk & Comptroller provides services to the Board such as preparing and maintaining the records of Palm Beach County Commission meetings and other government meetings and making them available to the public. The Clerk also administers the Value Adjustment Board process.
The Clerk is also responsible for managing the county's jury system, processing passports, processing marriage licenses, maintaining a domestic partnership registry, and conducting foreclosure sales and tax deed sales.
The office provides a Self Service Center for citizens who choose to represent themselves in court proceedings.