Commercial Data Services Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Does the Clerk’s Office offer any data files for sale to the public?

2. How much does it cost to purchase these files?

3. Are samples of the different files available?

4. What format are the files in?

5. What forms of payment are acceptable for data files?

6. How do I access the files?

7. How often are the files updated?

8. How may I download the files programmatically?



1. Does the Clerk’s Office offer any data files for sale to the public?

Yes. Data files for Civil, Code Enforcement, Criminal, Family, Marriage, Official Records and Traffic are available as a part of our Commercial Data Services or as one-time ad-hoc requests.

2. How much does it cost to purchase these files?

The standard formatted files are placed in folders and available through our Commercial Data Services Web application.  Access to each folder costs $80.00 per month, except where noted.

The cost for ad hoc requests is dependent upon the details of the request and the hourly rate of the programmer doing the work.

3. Are samples of the different files available?

Yes.  A link to a sample file is provided within each file layout description. Please go to Public Access and Commercial Data Services. 

4. What format are the files in?

The files contain raw data and are delimited as noted in the File Layouts.

5. What forms of payment are acceptable for data files?

Credit cards are the only form of payment acceptable for Commercial Data Services.  Payment can be made through the Web application as linked here.

6. How do I access the files?

You will self-register, accept the Registration Agreement and pay as well as send a notarized form confirming identity (required in accordance with Florida Supreme Court Order 15-18) before you may access Civil, Criminal, Family, or Traffic court files.  You do not need a notarized form for Code Enforcement, Marriage, or Official Records file access.  You will access the files via the Commercial Data Services Web application if downloading “in person” or via an Automated Programmatic Interface (API) and/or Web Service if downloading through an automated process.

Please note that the email address used for the registration process will become your userID, with which you login to the system going forward.  That email address will also be the main contact address for the Clerk’s Office should there be a need to contact you directly.  If the email address is a personal address, and it needs to change, it is your responsibility to notify the Clerk’s Office to do so.

If you have any issues accessing the files after successful purchase and verification of the notarized form, call the Technical Services Division Service Desk at (305)349-5900 for assistance.

7. How often are the files updated?

Files are updated on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, and the files are available for 30 days.

8. How may I download the files automatically?

The Clerk’s Office has provided an API to allow automated download of a file.  The API can be accessed with the following syntax:

Get api/FTPapi?fileName={fileName}&folderName={folderName}&AuthKey={AuthKey}

Please contact the Clerk’s Office via email at clerksoffice@miamidade.gov if you wish to use the API and need assistance.