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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Title VI
Chapter 55
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F.S. 55.203
55.203 Judgment lien certificate; content, filing, and indexing.
(1) An original judgment lien certificate must include:
(a) The legal name of each judgment debtor and, if a recorded legal entity, the registered name and document filing number as shown in the records of the Department of State.
(b) The last known address and the social security number or federal employer identification number of each judgment debtor if shown on the judgment itself.
(c) The legal name of the judgment creditor and, if a recorded legal entity, the registered name and document filing number as shown in the records of the Department of State, and the name of the judgment creditor’s attorney or duly authorized representative, if any.
(d) The address of the judgment creditor.
(e) The identity of the court which entered the judgment and the case number and the date the written judgment was entered.
(f) The amount due on the money judgment and the applicable interest rate.
(g) The signature of the judgment creditor or the judgment creditor’s attorney or duly authorized representative.
(2) A second judgment lien certificate, as provided in s. 55.204(3), must include the information required in subsection (1) and must state the file number assigned to the file of the original judgment lien certificate, the money amount remaining unpaid, and the interest accrued thereon.
(3) An amendment, as provided in s. 55.206, or a correction statement, as provided in s. 55.207, must state the file number of the judgment lien file to which the amendment or correction statement relates and must state the action, change, or statement to be added.
(4) The Department of State shall examine, for compliance with ss. 55.201-55.209, each document submitted for filing and shall accept or reject the document accordingly. For each judgment lien certificate filed, the department shall:
(a) Create a file.
(b) Assign a unique file number to the record.
(c) Include the date and time of filing of the judgment lien certificate.
(d) Maintain the file in a database accessible to the public via the Internet.
(e) Index the judgment lien certificate according to the name of each judgment debtor.
(f) Index all subsequently filed documents relating to an original judgment lien certificate in a manner that associates them to the original judgment lien certificate.
(5) A judgment lien certificate substantially satisfying the requirements of this section is effective even if it has minor errors or omissions that make the filing seriously misleading.
(6) The Department of State shall prescribe mandatory forms of all documents to be filed under this section.
History.s. 10, ch. 2000-258; s. 3, ch. 2001-154; s. 4, ch. 2016-10.