Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Sumter County

Even though Florida lien law can be complicated, recording your lien with the Sumter County Clerk is a straightforward process, provided you include all the necessary information and follow the County Clerk’s recording requirements. This page helps you do that by introducing you to the basics of Florida’s lien laws and providing you with useful information about the Sumter County Clerk’s Office.

Here are a few key points in Florida lien law that you should be aware of:

  1. If you don’t submit a preliminary notice, you may not have the right to file a mechanics lien in Florida. In Florida, these notices are referred to as notices to owner, and they must be submitted to the property owner after work on the construction project begins.
  2. Lien Claimants have a 90 day deadline to file a mechanics lien in Florida. This deadline is triggered by the last performance of work on a project, not the construction project’s official end date.
  3. Not all participants can file a lien claim. Sub-sub-subcontractors, suppliers to suppliers, suppliers to sub-sub-subcontractors, maintenance workers, and unlicensed contractors don’t reserve the right to file a mechanics lien.
  4. Overestimating the lien amount is a felony in Florida. The best way to avoid this is to include the value of work and materials furnished, and nothing more.

Refer to our Florida Lien Laws FAQ page for a complete breakdown of these limitations and to find the lien documents needed to record a lien claim in Sumter County.

If the project took place in Sumter County, you need to file your mechanics lien with the Sumter County Clerk. Below, you’ll find information about the Sumter County Clerk’s recording requirements, recording fees, page size and margin requirements, and contact information to help you record your lien correctly the first time.

For a detailed description of the entire filing process in Florida or to eFile your mechanics lien with Levelset, check out our step-by-step guide to filing a mechanics lien in Florida.

Where is the Sumter County Clerk of Court that files mechanics liens?

You can file your mechanics liens with the Sumter County Clerk by mail.

Documents for recording may be submitted to the addresses below:

Mailing Address:

Sumter County Clerk of Court
Attn: Recording Department
PO Box 2587
Bushnell, FL 33513

Mailing Address for overnight:

Sumter County Clerk of Court
215 E McCollum Ave, Rm 190
Bushnell, FL 33513

What is Sumter County's Recording Backlog?

The Sumter County Clerk does not publicly disclose information on recording backlog.

Should I file my mechanics lien in Sumter County, or some other county?

If the project is located in Sumter county, then yes, you will want to record your lien with the Sumter County Clerk’s Office.

What are Sumter County's requirements for filing a mechanics lien?

Generally, to file a mechanics lien in Sumter County, there are 3 steps:

Step 1: Prepare your Florida mechanics lien form with the appropriate information required including information, statement of labor, and more. For more information, read our How to File a Florida Mechanics Lien Guide

Step 2: Serve a copy of the lien to the owner and others on the project.

Step 3: File the lien claim with the Sumter County Recorder’s Office.

Your lien claim must follow all Sumter County requirements including the appropriate margins and pay all fees.

What are the margin and page size requirements to file a lien in Sumter County?

All documents must be no larger than 14″ x 8 1/2″. Documents must have a blank space (3″ x 3″) on the top right-hand corner on the first page and a blank space (1″ x 3″) on the top right-hand corner on each subsequent page, reserved for use by the Clerk of the Court.

How can I make payment to the Sumter County Clerk?

All payments are to be made in the form of cash, cashiers check, money order, and credit cards (with proper identification). Note that there is a fee of 3.5% of total amount charged for use of credit cards. Credit Cards cannot be accepted over the phone.

What are the filing fees to record a mechanics lien in Sumter County?

The Sumter County Clerk’s recording, indexing and filing fee is $10.00 for the first page and $8.50 for each additional page.

Additional Recording Fees

Indexing of additional names (Over 4): $1.00 each name

Copy Fees

Copies of Official Records: $1.00 per page
Certification of Official Records Document: $2.00 per document – is additional to above

How do I get a recorded copy of my lien from the Sumter County Clerk's Office?

You can obtain a recorded copy of your lien online at www.myfloridacounty.com
Copies are $1.00 per page.

Do I have the right to file a mechanics lien in Sumter Florida?

Determining whether you have the right to file a mechanics lien in Sumter, FL depends on your situation. Generally speaking, every state gives those who have furnished labor and/or materials to a construction project the right to file a mechanics lien if unpaid for the furnishing. The same is true in Florida. However, there are some state-specific limitations as to who is qualified to file a mechanics lien that is important when considering whether you have the right to file a mechanics lien in Sumter County, FL.

You can read more about lien rights and if you have the right to file a lien on our Florida Mechanics Lien Resources page.

What is the fee to file a Florida preliminary notice in Sumter County?

The fee to file a Florida Preliminary Notice in Sumter is $10.

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