How to File a Quit Claim Deed in Florida

By George Lawrence
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When you take possession of land, you want to put the world on notice that you are the new owner. This will help prevent someone from claiming that they are the true owner at some point in the future. Recording notice is a way to put the public at large on notice of something. When you record a deed, such as a quitclaim deed, interested parties can look up the chain of ownership at a property records office. If you took possession of property in Florida, you must file the deed at a Florida county property records office.

Review the information in the quitclaim deed. Florida law requires the deed to list the name and address of the grantor (the person giving away title) and the grantee (the new owner). The deed must state that the grantor "releases and forever quitclaims" all interest in the property. It must then describe the property by listing its location and other information such as the plot and tract number.

Ask the grantor to sign the deed in the presence of a Florida notary public. Arrange for two witnesses to observe this signing.

Notarize the deed.

Bring the notarized deed to the land records office in the Florida county where the property is located. Give the deed to the clerk and ask it to be "recorded." Pay the applicable fee ($10 for the first page, as of 2010). Contact the Florida property record office for the most current fees.

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