MIAMI-DADE

Miami-Dade public records go mobile

 

mbrannigan@MiamiHerald.com

Miami-Dade Clerk of Courts Harvey Ruvin is going mobile.

The clerk’s office Thursday is launching mobile access to a ton of public records. They include county real-estate records, marriage licenses and code-enforcement and parking violations. Other official records from the county recorder also will be available via mobile devices during the first phase of the project.

The mobile portal at www.miami-dadeclerk.com — which requires no app download — works with a host of mobile devices, including iPhones, Androids and other smartphones, and with iPads and other tablets.

Ruvin said the push into mobile is all about delivering services the way people want to use them.

“We have custody of and manage all the courts and county commission records,’’ said Ruvin, who has run the state’s busiest clerk’s office since 1992. “The more accessible we can make it, the greater public value that asset becomes.’’

Beginning Thursday, users can execute various county transactions on mobile devices, including paying parking tickets or code enforcement violations and obtaining certified copies of documents.

“I’ve had conversations with Realtors who are just drooling for this,’’ said Ruvin, who hopes to cut down on foot traffic at county facilities and cut costs.

Ruvin said the mobile project isn’t costing his office extra. “It’s all being done in-house with full-time employees.’’The Miami-Dade Clerk of Courts’ website has long been popular. (A Google analysis found the site got the most hits of any website in South Florida in 2011.)

“We got 13 million hits last month,’’ said Ruvin.

Ruvin said he’s updating his mantra of serving people “online rather than in line” for the mobile age: “We want to provide information on the go, to do business on the go.”

Laurie F. Reaves, director of the technical services division for the clerk’s office, said 80 percent of all collections are paid electronically, including by phone and Internet. Mobile access is expected to make online payments all the more popular. “People want to do business on the go,’’ Reaves said.

The mobile access is part of a series of technology upgrades at the county clerk’s office. In April, it began accepting e-Filing of new complaints in the Circuit and County Civil and Probate Divisions, a move mandated by the Florida Supreme Court.

Mobile access provides the same menus and content as clerk’s regular Website, but in a format customized to display on mobile devices, said Miguel A. Mukodsi, senior systems analyst/programmer for the clerk.

The clerk’s office plans to launch Phase 2 of the project this summer by adding certain criminal records, and jury pool and other information. Phase 3 will expand mobile access to include records for family, civil, probate and traffic courts; and for the Value Adjustment Board, which reviews real estate assessments.

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