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Columbia County Closes Government Offices To Public Beginning Tomorrow, March 26

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Paula VannCOLUMBIA COUNTY, FL – Beginning Thursday, March 26, 2020, in an effort to keep County employees and the citizens of Columbia County safe from the possible spread of COVID-19, Columbia County government offices are closed to the public through April 10, 2020.

The County will continue to monitor the progress of COVID-19 and will assess any need for further closures. County offices will remain operational during normal business hours. However, if citizens need assistance, they may contact the various offices at their respective phone numbers. Please visit www.columbiacountyfla.com for contact information.

Services will be provided to the citizens of Columbia County during this unprecedented event and we appreciate your patience during this effort to help protect our family and yours.

Please follow CDC guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at www.cdc.gov.

Below, the information about Constitutional Offices & Others

Tax Collector

As of March 26, 2020 and until further notice, the Columbia County Tax Collector’s office lobbies are closed to the public. Accordingly, while the lobbies will be closed to the public, customers can continue to process transactions online at  www.columbiataxcollector.com, by mail, by using the drive thru or by phone: (386) 758-1077 or (386) 758-1080.


The Sheriff's Office is open with controlled access to facilities, including the County Detention Center.

Supervisor of Elections

The main office will be closed to the public through April 10, 2020. However, the Supervisor of Elections remains staffed and ready to assist voters by phone at (386) 758-1026. In-person services are available by appointment only. The Fort White Branch Office will be closed and re-open on May 6, 2020.

Clerk of Courts

The Columbia County Clerk of Courts office has suspended marriage ceremonies and passport applications.  Marriage licenses are still being issued by appointment only, please call (386) 754-7005 to schedule your appointment.

The Florida Supreme Court has temporarily suspended jury selection proceedings from Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 17.

Parties to a case should contact their attorney or appear at their next regularly scheduled court event. Monitor the Clerk’s website for updates at www.columbiaclerk.com.

Many Clerk of the Courts services are provided online and available 24/7.

•    Pay traffic tickets •    Search Official Records •    Search Court Records •    Pay Court fines and costs

For questions regarding Clerk of Court related functions, please call (386) 758-1342.

Property Appraiser

The Columbia County Property Appraiser’s Office will be closed to the public through April 10, 2020.  The Property Appriaser will remain staffed and ready to assist by phone at (386) 758-1083. 

The deadline for all Tax Exemptions and Agricultural Classification applications have been extended.

The Tangible Personal Property deadline has been extended until May 15, 2020.  There will be no requirements for a written or oral request.

Columbia County Health Department

The County Health Department is open. Call (386) 758-1068 for an appointment.  

Columbia County Environmental Health Department

While the Courthouse Annex is closed, the Environmental Health Department will continue to serve the public by calling (386) 758-1058. 

Florida Department of Health: 24/7 COVID-19 Information Line (866) 779-6121.

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