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Don't Forget to File Your Homestead Exemption!

By Jon Brooks

For many home buyers in Northeast Florida, the process of buying a home is very exciting. From starting your home search, speaking with a lender, and getting the keys at the closing table, you will encounter many series of paperwork, forms, and signing. Once you leave the closing table, there’s still a very important thing to do: file your homestead exemption!

The Florida Homestead exemption is a huge benefit of owning a home in Northeast Florida! Here is everything you need to know!

Who is eligible?

All legal Florida residents who own and occupy a home, condo, co-op apartment and certain mobile home lots. To qualify, you must own and occupy the home as a permanent residence on January 1st of the year in which you want to claim the exemption.

What does the exemption do for me?

The exemption gives you a deduction of up to $50,000 off the assessed value of a property owner’s primary residence. In addition, it also caps future annual increases for your property taxes to 3% or less.

How do I file?

You must file for your homestead exemption no later than March 1st. Late filing is permitted through early September, but we encourage you to file as soon as you receive your recorded deed in the mail from your closing, which typically can take 4-6 weeks.

Duval County

In person at: 231 E. Forsyth Street, Suite 260, Jacksonville, FL 32202 By Fax/Email: 904-630-2525 or

Online: You will receive a receipt by mail as proof that your exemption application was received and processed within 45 days of filing.

St. Johns County

In person at: 4030 Lewis Speedway, Suite 203, Saint Augustine, FL 32084


What documents are required to file?

Duval County

- Your recorded deed

- FL Driver’s License or ID Card

- Vehicle Registration

- Social Security Number and Birthdate for all owners listed

St. Johns County

- Your recorded deed

- FL Driver’s License

- FL Voter’s Registration Card

- Social Security Number for all owners

- FL Vehicle Registration

- Statement of Previous Permanent Residency

- Place of Employment

- Address listed on federal income tax return

For the most up-to-date info, visit:

Duval County

904.630.2020 or

St. Johns County

904-827-5500 or