Clerk's News

These are the most recent news items from the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller.  For older articles please view the News Archive.

The Manatee County Clerk's office honors Veterans this November with free services
Thursday, October 27, 2022 --

In recognition of Veteran's Day, we are honoring military veterans and active-duty personnel by providing complimentary passport photos, notary services, and copies throughout November.

Complimentary copies include, but are not limited to, marriage licenses, deeds, court records, and more. Also, this includes certified copies.

Our office implemented this small token of appreciation to say thank …

Shred your documents and more for free at Manatee Clerk's Fall Shred Day event
Thursday, October 13, 2022 --

Do you have personal documents you need to dispose of but don't want your information to get into the wrong hands? What about old electronics you are no longer using and are taking up space in your home? Still have old hard drives with who knows what still on them but no longer need? Then, bring them to our Fall Community Shred Day Event! 

We invite residents to safely and securely dispose of per…

Manatee County Clerk’s Office recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 --

Each year thousands of women, men, and children in Florida are impacted by domestic violence.

Throughout October, the office of the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller observes National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. During this month, we are heightening awareness of our services to help protect the individuals affected by domestic violence issues.     

Our office provi…

The Manatee County Clerk & Comptroller announces office closure this week due to Hurricane Ian
Monday, September 26, 2022 --

The Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller office will be closed from Tuesday, September 27, through Thursday, September 29. The Clerk & Comptroller’s website,, will be offline at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27. For court appearances, please visit the Twelfth Judicial Circuit website for updates.

The Clerk & Comptroller-operated historical sites:…

How the U.S. Constitution impacts you and local government
Friday, September 16, 2022 --

By Angel Colonneso, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller

Two hundred and thirty-five years ago, on September 17, the U.S. Constitution was signed, thus creating the system of government, a representative democracy, we have in place to this very day. My office celebrates the signing of the U.S. Constitution every September during Constitution Week, which is September 17-23 t…

Manatee County Homeowners: Don’t overpay for your records
Tuesday, August 2, 2022 --

The Office of Angelina "Angel" Colonneso, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller, is warning homeowners of letters sent by private companies offering to provide a copy of their recorded deed for $89.

The official-looking letter is sent to new homeowners, informing them that a deed has been recorded in Official Records. The document identifies the mail recipient as the new pro…

Manatee County Residents: Beware of Jury Scams
Monday, August 1, 2022 --

The Office of Angelina "Angel" Colonneso, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller, warns Manatee County residents of a recent jury duty scam reported in Manatee County.

According to the report, the scammer claimed a resident missed jury duty and now must pay a fine using prepaid gift cards. Then directed the resident to send the gift cards to the Sarasota County Clerk & Co…

The Manatee Clerk & Comptroller's office releases its annual list of unclaimed funds
Friday, July 15, 2022 --

Did you know that you might have money owed to you?

Nearly $30,000 in unclaimed funds are being held by our office. Clerks of Court hold unclaimed money for people who forgot to cash their jury duty checks, overpaid court fees, are owed vendor payments, and more!

Click here to view the listing of unclaimed funds to find out if you are owed money. The filing deadline to claim funds is September 1…

Florida Homeowner Assistance Fund
Wednesday, July 13, 2022 --

Are you a homeowner facing foreclosure? You may be eligible for relief through the Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). 

According to DEO, Florida’s HAF program mitigates financial hardships associated with the COVID-19 pandemic by preventing homeowners’ mortgage delinquencies, defaults, foreclosures, and displacements, as well as loss of ut…