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Most Okaloosa County residents have convenient local access to conduct business in Ft. Walton Beach and Crestview offices. Some departments accept payments for services online. If you do not find your question below or are having difficulty finding answers online, from the home page, check out our online Community Directory which offers additional county-wide links and information. (Area code 850)

 

Who do you call for use of public parks and/or reservations? Resources- 689-5084

Where do I go for/to?

  Birth Certificates? Okaloosa Co. Health Dept., 833-9255

  Marriage license, passports, traffic citations and more? Clerk of Court (see below)

Okaloosa County Courthouse Annex
1250 N. Eglin Pkwy
Shalimar, FL 32579
651-7200
 

Okaloosa County Courthouse
101 E James Lee Blvd
Crestview, FL 32536
689-5000

 

  File Homestead Exemptions? Property Appraiser’s Office in 2 locations :

Okaloosa County Courthouse-Crestview
101 E James Lee Blvd
Crestview, FL 32536
689-5900



Ft. Walton Beach
73 Eglin Parkway NE, Suite 200

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
651-7240

 

  Register to vote? Supervisor of Elections

302 N. Wilson St., Suite 102

Crestview, FL 32536

689-5600

 

651-7272

1804 Lewis Turner Blvd., Suite 404

Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32547

 

Car/Tag Registration; Business Tax Report* (AKA Occupational License), Drivers License; Boating License, Hunting/Fishing License? Tax Collectors office locations:

*Note: Home based businesses can get a permit from Growth Management Dept.

Okaloosa County Brackin Building

302 N. Wilson Street
Crestview, FL 32536

689-5900

 

73 Eglin Parkway NE

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

651-7240

Henderson Beach Business Complex
4012 Commons Blvd Suite 122
Destin, FL 32541
651-7300

 

506 Highway 85 North
Niceville, FL 32578

651-7300

 

Eglin AFB

Building 210, Room 155
310 W. Van Matre, Eglin AFB, Fl 32542-68
651-7300

 

 

Tax Questions & Tips :

What is the State sales tax in Okaloosa Co.? 6 percent

TIP : Sales tax collections go directly to the State of Florida, and a half cent sales tax is returned to the county.

 

What is the millage rate for Okaloosa County? 3.3443 (one mill equals $1 for every $1,000 of taxable property value – these are ad valorem taxes.)

TIP : Ad Valorem Property Taxes combine with other funds to create the county budget and represents less than 20 percent of the entire budget. Other funds include: sales & use taxes, licenses & permit fees, fines & forfeitures, utility taxes, charges for services and grants. These are sometimes referred to as Enterprise funds.

TIP: Enterprise funds refer to departments in the county who generate funds/collect fees and are at least partially self-sustaining, such as Water & Sewer, Growth Management, Public Works, Airport, Inspections, Emergency Management Services and the Emerald Coast Conference Center.

 

What is an MSTU? MSTU is a Municipal Service Taxing Unit which can only be used to fund parks. The 2007-08 MSTU rate is .1888, and only applies to residents within the unincorporated areas of Okaloosa Co.

 

What is an MSBU ? An Municipal Service Benefit Unit is utilized for specific benefits to/for residential neighborhoods and/or homeowners associations and only applies to those residents benefiting.

 

What are bed taxes & what is the current bed tax rate? Bed taxes, sometimes called the resort tax, are a surcharge added to all short term accommodations and paid by visitors to the area. The current bed tax rate for Okaloosa County is 4 cents. (Currently, approval of a fifth cent has been requested to the State to assist with beach renourishment.) Residents do not pay bed taxes .

TIP : How these taxes are spent is governed by local county ordinance and the State of Florida. Funds are mostly used for promotional advertising the area to tourists, beach safety promotion, and beach improvement.

 

TIP : Okaloosa County receives 7 cents from Gas Taxes , of which 6 cents is split between the county and 9 municipalities. Okaloosa County receives 1 cent entirely, which can be used for transportation funds only.



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