Florida putting records online
- By Brian Robinson
- May 25, 2001
Following passage of legislation last year mandating the system, the Florida
Association of Court Clerks & Comptroller has signed a five-year development
deal with NIC to develop online access to official records such as marriage
and death certificates, deeds, mortgages, liens and other property records.
Web-based Florida Integrated Public Access System (IPAS) one of the first
such statewide systems will enable businesses and citizens to conduct
searches for records. IPAS will also enable online payment of such things
as traffic tickets and child support.
An index of all county records is scheduled to be online by the beginning
of 2002. By 2006, the system will enable people to download images of certified
"As well as the requirement of the legal mandate, the clerks of the
court saw the Web portal as an easier way to keep accounts paid," said Beth
Allman, director of communications for the association. "They believe it's
a great opportunity."
Initially, users who identify documents they wish to purchase will have
to get the certified paper document sent to them by the appropriate office.
But over time, a system will be put in place that will enable the ordering,
payment and delivery of documents to be done completely online, according
to Chris Neff, senior director of marketing for NIC.
However, it's unclear if or when the certified documents themselves
will be available through the system, Allman said.
NIC, which manages official government portals for 13 states and eight
local governments, also announced last week the official launch of Dallas
County's new public portal, Dallas County Online (www.dallascounty.org). Payment of vehicle registrations and property taxes
are the first available services.
The portal was built and will be managed by Texas Local Interactive,
an NIC subsidiary.
Robinson is a freelance journalist based in Portland, Ore.
Brian Robinson is a freelance writer based in Portland, Ore.