CLERK AND COMPTROLLER'S OFFICE HOURS:  The Sarasota County Clerk and Comptroller's offices are open for business at all locations. 

Proof of U.S. Citizenship can be one of the documents listed below:

  1. Previously issued passport 
  2. Certified copy of Birth Certificate. The Birth record must be certified with the registrar’s signature and raised, impressed, embossed, or multicolored seal, and contain the date filed. The date filed must also be within one year after the date of birth. A delayed Birth Certificate is acceptable provided it shows a plausible basis for creating the record. A copy of the Birth Certificate can be received within 48 hours by calling the VitalChek network at (800) 255-2414, or Internet address of
  3. If a Birth certificate cannot be obtained a notice from the state registrar stating that no birth record exist, accompanied by the best secondary evidence possible may be acceptable. Secondary evidence may include:
    • Baptismal certificate 
    • Hospital Birth Record
    • Early Census Records
    • School Records
    • Family Bible Records
    • Newspaper files

A personal knowledge affidavit should accompany at least one of the secondary evidence documents.

If a person was born abroad the following documents may be used:

  • Certificate of Naturalization 
  • Certificate of Citizenship 
  • Report of Birth Abroad of a citizen of the USA (Form FS-240) 
  • Certification of Birth (Form FS 545 or DS-1350)

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