Notice Regarding Book/Page Numbers in the Manatee County Clerk’s Official Records
Beginning January 1, 2020, the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller will no longer assign Book and Page numbers to documents recorded in Official Records. The Clerk will continue assigning consecutive Instrument Numbers as the official register numbers to reflect the order in which documents have been recorded. For historical purposes, documents recorded prior to January 1, 2020, will remain indexed and searchable by Book and Page. If you create or use forms that reference Book and Page numbers, you should modify those forms to capture or reference Instrument Numbers for any documents recorded on or after January 1, 2020. Recorded plat maps will continue to receive Book and Page numbers.

Electronically Certify Official Records Online

The Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller has partnered with TrieData to offer the ability to electronically certify Official Records online. This new service, called Clerk e-Certify, uses advanced encryption features to produce secure, tamper-proof electronically certified copies of official records in minutes.

Traditionally, to obtain a certified copy of an Official Record required a phone call or trip into the Clerk’s office to have a paper copy certified, stamped, and delivered. The public can now access this new online service by going to our Official Records search page and searching now. Simply locate the Official Record you are looking for and once the image of the document appears, click on the “Purchase Certified Copy from E-Certify” button at the top to begin the process.

To learn more, go over to https://www.manateeclerk.com/departments/general-information/e-certify/ for more information.