The Columbia County Tax Collector’s office maintains and destroys records in accordance with Chapters 119 and 257, Florida Statutes, Rules 1B-24 and 1B-26, Florida Administrative Code and Schedules GS1-SL & GS-13.
119.01 General state policy on public records.—
(1) It is the policy of this state that all state, county, and municipal records are open for personal inspection and copying by any person. Providing access to public records is a duty of each agency.
119.011 Definitions.—As used in this chapter, the term:
(2) “Agency” means any state, county, district, authority, or municipal officer, department, division, board, bureau, commission, or other separate unit of government created or established by law including, for the purposes of this chapter, the Commission on Ethics, the Public Service Commission, and the Office of Public Counsel, and any other public or private agency, person, partnership, corporation, or business entity acting on behalf of any public agency.
119.07 Inspection and copying of records; photographing public records; fees; exemptions.—
(1)(a) Every person who has custody of a public record shall permit the record to be inspected and copied by any person desiring to do so, at any reasonable time, under reasonable conditions, and under supervision by the custodian of the public records.
The Tax Collector works as an agent for various divisions of the State of Florida.
For any Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle (DHSMV) records, please contact the State Bureau of Records at 850-617-2000. They may also be reached at the following email addresses: (Motor Vehicle Records) DMVrecords@flhsmv.gov; (Driver License Records) HSMV-Records@flhsmv.gov.
Tax Deed Auctions are conducted by the Columbia County Clerk of the Circuit Court. For requests for overbid or surplus funds resulting from a tax deed auction please contact their office at 386-719-7580.
For Tax Collector record requests please contact our Records Management Liaison Officer for the Columbia County Tax Collector's Office. They can be reached at 386-758-1080 or our office is located at 135 NE Hernando Ave, Ste 125, Lake City, FL 32055. You can also make a request using the form below.
Disclosure of your identity or the purpose of your request is not required.