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.

E-Certify and Electronically Certified Documents

With Electronic Certified Official Records Documents, the Manatee County Clerk is taking the necessary steps to provide digital documents and reduce document fraud while increasing efficiency.  You can use E-Certify to verify the authenticity of an Electronically Certified Document from the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller.

Note: The Social Security office, will not accept electronic certified documents. Any certified copy needed for a name change or benefits with the Social Security office will need to be obtained in the Clerk’s Official Records division at our Historic Courthouse Location.

1115 Manatee Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34205

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Electronic certified copies are accepted by Tax Collector’s Office and Passport Services.

Benefits of Electronic Certified Documents are:

  • Electronic Delivery
  • Real-time
  • Convenient - receive your document anywhere you have an internet connection. 
  • Secure - digitally signed
  • Efficient
  • Environmentally friendly

To Purchase Official Records Electronic Certified Documents Online

Go to and locate an Official Record Instrument you would like to buy as an Electronic Certified Copy.

On the Document Details page for any Official Record that allows Electronic Certification you will see a button for "Purchase Certified Copy from E-Certify".

Upon completion of your purchase, you will receive an email from with an encrypted PDF Certified Document attached. The amount of time it will take to deliver the Electronic Certified Document(s) will depend on your email server. It is normal to have to wait for a couple of minutes before receiving an email to your inbox.

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view E-Certified Official Records

Upon opening this document using Adobe Acrobat Reader, the software will verify the authenticity of the document and confirm the certifier and whether this document has been modified since it was issued by the Clerk’s office.

You can even print the electronic certified copy and use the hard-copy for your purpose. If you would like to verify the authenticity of the hard-copy document, go ahead and scan the QR code on the first page of the document and it will prompt you to download the original document from Clerk’s repository for an online side-by-side comparison. As an alternative to scanning the qr code you can enter the document's verification code on: