Florida Quit Claim Deed Form
The official Florida Quit Claim Deed gives the owner of a property (the “Grantor”) a means of efficiently transferring their ownership to a party referred to as the “Grantee.” Because the form contains no warranties of title, it is usually reserved for use by those that have mutual trust for one another, such as family members. It can also be used for correcting mistakes on a title. The reason many individuals seek to create this deed type is that the form is straightforward to complete, with far fewer requirements than those found in a standard warranty deed.
- Names and addresses of Grantor and Grantee (§ 695.26(1)(a)(f)): The names and post-office addresses of both the Grantor and Grantee must be legibly printed, typewritten, or stamped on the form.
- Homestead Deeds (§ 689.111(2)): In cases where the deed concerns a property under the ownership of a married person, there is a “requirement that husband and wife join in the conveyance.” As per the terms of this provision, the other spouse can join in the conveyance by executing a Power of Attorney.
- Page border requirements (§ 695.26(1)(e)): The deed needs to contain a 3-inch by 3-inch space at the top right-hand corner on the first page and a 1-inch by 3-inch space at the top right-hand corner on each subsequent page.
- Recording Transmittal Sheet: Florida’s counties may have specific rules that must be followed. Most of Florida’s sixty-seven (67) counties require a county-specific Recording Transmittal Form to be filed with the deed. Each county should have this resource available on the official website of their Clerk of the Circuit Court.
- Signing Requirements (§ 695.26(1)): Must be signed by two (2) witnesses and notarized by a Notary Public.
How to File
The form must be filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the county the property is situated. To determine if there are any specific county filing requirements or fees, the parties to a deed are recommended to refer to the official county website.
How to Write
Step 1 – Prepaper
The individual preparing (completing and filing) the deed must enter their name and address into the top-left corner of the deed.
Step 2 – Date
Enter the day, month, and year that the preparer is completing the form.
Step 3 – Grantor(s) & Grantee(s)
Write the name(s) of the Grantor(s) and their address(es), followed by the name(s) and address(es) of the Grantee(s).
Step 4 – Consideration
The “consideration” is the amount of money the Grantee(s) are paying for the property. Because quit claim deeds are often used for gifting property or for adding on one (1) or more names to a deed, the amount listed can be a single dollar or another similar amount.
Step 5 – County + Property Description
After entering the amount of consideration, enter the name of the county in which the property is located plus the official description of the property. The property description can be found in the most recent deed to the property.
Step 6 – Signing
On the second page, the Grantor(s) will need to write their signatures in the provided fields. If there is only one (1) Grantor, there needs to be only two (2) witness’ signatures. If there are two (2) Grantors, the two (2) witnesses will need to sign their names twice (making a total of four (4) witness signatures). The bottom section is for a Notary Public to complete, who should be present during the recording of the Grantor(s) signatures.