Coronavirus (COVID-19) Office Updates

Office Update 15:

SLC Tax Collector to Hold Another Road Test Day for New Drivers

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (May 15, 2020) – Following a successful trial run of a “Road Test Day” at the Fort Pierce and Tradition offices, the St. Lucie County Tax Collector’s Office will once again be hosting an event in June that provides St. Lucie County residents the opportunity to complete a road test to obtain their driver license. Offices will be opening on Friday, June 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to conduct road tests BY APPOINTMENT ONLY at the Fort Pierce (2300 Virginia Avenue) and Tradition (10264 SW Village Parkway) locations. Road tests are the only service that will be provided on that day.

Those interested must go to https://go.nemoqappointment.com/Booking/Booking/Index/8fg74ero876 in order to make an appointment. Drivers must be accompanied by a licensed adult guardian, and all road testers must have a phone with speaker or Bluetooth capability.

Road tests have been canceled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic since March 17, 2020. This one-day event aims to provide an opportunity for our neighbors in St. Lucie County to obtain their driver license by completing and passing the state’s required road test.

Office Update 14:

SLC Tax Collector Announces Extended Hours Effective June 1

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (May 14, 2020) – St. Lucie County residents will soon have extra time to handle all of their DMV and tax collector related business. Effective June 1, the St. Lucie County Tax Collector’s Office will be extending office hours from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with offices remaining closed on Fridays. Current hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., which will continue through the month of May.

Tax Collector Chris Craft is one of only a handful in the state who has kept his office open during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Because each of the three locations (2300 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, 1664 SE Walton Road and 10264 SW Village Parkway, Port St. Lucie) is operating with limited staff, many customers have experienced longer than normal wait times, both on the phone and in the lobbies. The extended hours will allow for more customers to be served each day, while incorporating Governor DeSantis’ 6-foot social distancing rule.

Office Update 13:

SLC Tax Collector to Hold Road Test Day for New Drivers

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (May 5, 2020) – St. Lucie County residents who need to complete a road test to obtain their driver license will have an opportunity to do so next week. The St. Lucie County Tax Collector’s Office will be opening on Friday, May 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to conduct road tests BY APPOINTMENT ONLY at the Fort Pierce (2300 Virginia Avenue) and Tradition (10264 SW Village Parkway) locations. Road tests are the only service that will be provided on that day.

Those interested must go to https://go.nemoqappointment.com/Booking/Booking/Index/8fg74ero876 in order to make an appointment. Drivers under the age of 18 must be accompanies by an adult guardian, and all road testers must have a phone with speaker or Bluetooth capability.

Road tests have been canceled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic since March 17, 2020. This one-day event aims to provide an opportunity for our neighbors in St. Lucie County to obtain their driver license by completing and passing the state’s required road test.

Office Update 12:

State Executive Order Extends Expiration Deadlines for Driver License and ID Cards to May 15, 2020

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (Apr. 14, 2020) - Florida’s Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles issued an Emergency Order authorizing extensions on driver licenses and ID cards that expire between March 16, 2020 and April 30, 2020, making them valid until May 15, 2020.  The Order also:  

• Extends through June 30, 2020, the effective period of commercial driver licenses and commercial driver instructional permits with expiration dates on or after March 16, 2020. 

• Waives the delinquent renewal fees during the extension period for these driver licenses and identification cards described in the above bullets.  

• Waives, through June 30, 2020, medical examiner certificate for those CDL drivers who have proof of a valid medical certificate issued for a period of 90 days or longer that expired on or after March 1, 2020.  Note this does not include original CDL issuances.

For more information on this Executive Order, go to https://www.flhsmv.gov/pdf/emergency/flhsmv_eo_covid19_041320.pdf.

Office Update 11:

St. Lucie County Tax Collector’s Office Customers Encouraged to Remain "Safer at Home"

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (Apr. 1, 2020) - Yesterday, St. Lucie County issued a "Safer-at-Home" Order, encouraging residents to stay at home as much as possible during the continued COVID-19 crisis. The order is less restrictive than a lockdown or shelter in place, and allows travel outside the home for essential activities. While the St. Lucie County Tax Collector’s Office remains open to serve St. Lucie County residents Monday - Thursday, we encourage our neighbors to abide by this order, only coming into our office to conduct business that is absolutely necessary. If you need to renew your registration or pay your property taxes, please consider doing so online to avoid a trip to our office, and if your transaction can wait, we encourage you to do so. For more information on the Safer-at-Home Order, go to: https://www.stlucieco.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=7592&fbclid=IwAR3gM05sJ5-exWY46ckwlDQtQqYQ9MSl-jhQvFlNjhtOo9nm3TjZp3PQpns

Office Update 10:

No Out of State Customers Being Serviced at St. Lucie County Tax Collector’s Office

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (Mar. 31, 2020) –  As stated in our March 15 update,  all three office locations are ONLY serving St. Lucie County residents due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. This includes residents from other counties as well as other states, per Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order  mandating all out-of-state travelers quarantine for 14 days. St. Lucie County Tax Collector Chris Craft remains committed to the health and safety of employees and customers, and this change was placed into effect because of the growing risk to employees and our neighbors. This change will remain in effect until further notice.

Office Update 9:

Property Tax Payment Deadline Extended by Florida Department of Revenue

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (Mar. 26, 2020) – The Department of Revenue issued an Emergency Order today extending the property tax due date from March 31, 2020 to April 15, 2020. In accordance with this order, the St. Lucie County Tax Collector’s Office will accept payments postmarked on or before April 15, 2020. Payments made through our website will be applied to 2019 taxes and will reflect payment of the amount due in 2019. If you have further questions, call 772-462-1650.

 For more information on the Emergency Order, visit https://floridarevenue.com/property/Pages/Home.aspx

Office Update 8:

SLC Tax Collector’s Office to Close on Fridays

            FORT PIERCE, Fla. (Mar. 25, 2020) – Due to the rising threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our area, all three locations of the St. Lucie County Tax Collector’s Office will be closed on Fridays beginning the week of Mar. 30, 2020. This will remain in effect until further notice.

All three office locations are ONLY serving St. Lucie County residents at this time. Registration renewal transactions and tax payments can still be completed online at www.tcslc.com. A reminder that under the direction of Governor Ron DeSantis, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles issued an Emergency Order granting a 30-day extension beyond the current expiration date for driver licenses and identification cards set to expire between March 16, 2020 and April 15, 2020.

As updates are made available from the state, we will be evaluating our office status and providing information through our website (www.tcslc.com) and social media channels.

Office Update 7:

SLC Tax Collector’s Office Opening Early to Serve Seniors

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (Mar. 23, 2020) – As the number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rise in our area, the St. Lucie County Tax Collector’s Office is taking measures to assist those who are most vulnerable to the virus...the elderly. Effective Tuesday, Mar. 24, all three office locations will open a half hour early at 8:30 a.m. to serve St. Lucie County residents who are 62 years of age and older.

A reminder that there will only be a limited number of customers allowed into office lobbies at a time. This will remain in effect until further notice. As updates are made available from the state, we will be updating our own procedures and providing information through our website (www.tcslc.com) and social media channels.

All services, with the exception of road tests, remain available in all three offices, but only St. Lucie County residents are being served at this time. In addition, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles executed an Emergency Order extending the effective period of all driver licenses and identification cards that will expire between March 16, 2020 and April 15, 2020 by 30 days.

Office Update 6:

SLC Tax Collector’s Office to Limit Number of Customers Permitted in Lobbies

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (Mar. 21, 2020) – With the first case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) being confirmed in St. Lucie County today, St. Lucie County Tax Collector Chris Craft is taking precautionary measures in an effort to keep his staff and neighbors safe as the risk of the disease continues to grow. Effective Monday, Mar. 23, there will only be a limited number of customers allowed into office lobbies at a time. This will remain in effect until further notice. As updates are made available, we will be updating our own procedures and providing information through our website (www.tcslc.com) and social media channels.

A reminder that all services, with the exception of road tests, remain available in all three offices, but only St. Lucie County residents are being served at this time. In addition, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles executed an Emergency Order extending the effective period of all driver licenses and identification cards that will expire between March 16, 2020 and April 15, 2020 by 30 days.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

Office Update 5:

Road Tests Canceled Until Further Notice at SLC Tax Collector’s Office

            FORT PIERCE, Fla. (Mar. 16, 2020) – Based on action taken by Governor Ron DeSantis in Volusia, Broward and Miami-Dade counties regarding the current nation and statewide Coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency, the St. Lucie County Tax Collector’s Office is canceling all road tests, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Any customer with an existing appointment will be notified via email of the cancellation.

This will remain in effect until further notice. As updates are made available from the state, we will be updating our own procedures and providing information through our website (www.tcslc.com) and social media channels.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

Office Update 4:

SLC Tax Collector Assists with State Executive Order Extending Expiration Deadlines for Driver License and ID Cards

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (Mar. 16, 2020) – At the direction of Governor Ron DeSantis and in response to the current health emergency caused by the rising threat of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), an Emergency Order has been executed by the Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles regarding expiration dates for Florida driver licenses and identification cards. The Executive Order extends the effective period of all driver licenses and identification cards that will expire between March 16, 2020 and April 15, 2020 by 30 days.

As an agency that processes these transactions on behalf of the state, the St. Lucie County Tax Collector’s Office will be assisting in this effort by making sure delinquent fees are waived for anyone who misses their deadline. It is also recommended that Floridians who wish to temporarily avoid a visit to their local DMV instead print the Executive Order and carry it with their driver license. A copy of this Emergency Order is available at https://www.flhsmv.gov/pdf/emergency/flhsmv_dl_eo_covid19_031520.pdf.

Registration renewals for all vehicles (cars, trucks, boats, trailers, etc…) remain due on the owner’s birthday, but most can be renewed online at https://renewexpress.com/stlucie/renewals.

Office Update 3:

SLC Tax Collector Only Servicing St. Lucie County Residents in Response to COVID-19

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (Mar. 15, 2020) – With confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) steadily increasing throughout the state of Florida, St. Lucie County Tax Collector Chris Craft remains committed to the health and safety of employees and customers. Due to the growing risk to employees and our neighbors, all three office locations will ONLY be serving St. Lucie County residents, effective Monday, Mar. 16, 2020. This change will remain in effect until further notice.

Additionally, as announced last week, because our staff works in such close proximity to each other and our neighbors, sharing equipment and workspace, the potential risk of contamination is extremely high in all of our offices. If one person in an office were to become infected, the entire office would need to be quarantined.

In an effort to ensure we are doing everything we can to stop the spread of the virus and protect our staff and neighbors, while upholding our sworn obligation to provide service to the public, we are taking the following actions:

  • Beginning Monday, Mar. 16, we will be reducing our staff at each office, cutting our full teams in half to lessen the likelihood of an entire office being subjected to potential infection. Staff will be alternating days with A and B shifts. While this will inevitably mean longer lines for our customers, it also lowers the risk for our employees and helps guarantee our ability to continue to provide service to our neighbors.
  • Our offices are being cleaned and disinfected daily. We recently increased the frequency of cleaning throughout the day with a focus on high traffic areas.
  • Our employees are being encouraged to take common-sense health precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including frequent hand washing and using alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • We are encouraging our employees to stay home if they are sick and utilize our paid sick leave policy.

 Many transactions can be completed online at www.tcslc.com. Customers are urged to take advantage of this convenient option when possible to avoid the need to come into one of our offices. There are even tutorial videos available on our website to assist you in your online transactions.


All of these safeguards and precautions are made with our staff and customers in mind. They are based on recommendations from local, state and federal health agencies whose experts are working tirelessly to ensure our safety. We will continue to monitor the pandemic and provide office updates as new information becomes available. Our top priority remains the health and safety of both our employees and our customers, while maintaining our sworn duty to provide public service.

Office Update 2:

SLC Tax Collector to Implement Staffing Changes in Response to COVID-19

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (Mar. 13, 2020) – As our area and the rest of the state continues to monitor the progression of the coronavirus (COVID-19), St. Lucie County Tax Collector Chris Craft remains committed to the health and safety of employees and customers. Because our staff works in such close proximity to each other and our neighbors, sharing equipment and workspace, the potential risk of contamination is extremely high in all of our offices. If one person in an office were to become infected, the entire office would need to be quarantined.

In an effort to ensure we are doing everything we can to stop the spread of the virus and protect our staff and neighbors, while upholding our sworn obligation to provide service to the public, we are taking the following actions:

  • Beginning Monday, Mar. 16, we will be reducing our staff at each office, cutting our full teams in half to lessen the likelihood of an entire office being subjected to potential infection. Staff will be alternating days with A and B shifts. While this will inevitably mean longer lines for our customers, it also lowers the risk for our employees and helps guarantee our ability to continue to provide service to our neighbors.
  • Our offices are being cleaned and disinfected daily. We recently increased the frequency of cleaning throughout the day with a focus on high traffic areas.
  • Our employees are being encouraged to take common-sense health precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including frequent hand washing and using alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • We are encouraging our employees to stay home if they are sick and utilize our paid sick leave policy.
  • Many transactions can be completed online at www.tcslc.com. Customers are urged to take advantage of this convenient option when possible to avoid the need to come into one of our offices. There are even tutorial videos available on our website to assist you in your online transactions.

All of these safeguards and precautions are made with our staff and customers in mind. They are based on recommendations from local, state and federal health agencies whose experts are working tirelessly to ensure our safety. We will continue to monitor the pandemic and provide office updates as new information becomes available. Our top priority remains the health and safety of both our employees and our customers, while maintaining our sworn duty to provide public service.

Office Update 1:

SLC Tax Collector to Close Early for COVID-19 Planning

            FORT PIERCE, Fla. (Mar. 13, 2020) – With the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) being felt more throughout the state of Florida, leadership at the St. Lucie County Tax Collector’s Office will be meeting to discuss mitigation strategies for the virus in an effort to protect the health and safety of staff and customers.

On Friday, Mar. 13, all three office locations will close an hour early at 4 p.m. so that decision-makers and staff can meet and devise a plan to be put into place for the coming days and weeks with regard to COVID-19. Updates on any changes to normal operating procedures will be shared as soon as information is available.

Many transactions can be completed online anytime at www.tcslc.com. For more information, contact Communications Director Carin Smith at carin.smith@tcslc.com.