How to Find Your Florida Property Tax Number, Folio Number or Parcel ID

You can easily find your Florida property’s tax ID number, Folio number or Parcel ID on your local county’s property appraiser website.

While Florida’s counties may have different names for their property ID numbers, they all serve the same function of uniquely identifying a property for the purposes of public records, property taxes and other publicly available information.

How to look up your folio number in Miami-Dade County

The easiest way to look up your Miami-Dade County property’s folio ID number is to visit the Property Appraiser’s website. You can easily find the website by searching for “Miami property search” or some keyword variant.

You’ll arrive at the Property Appraiser website’s homepage, which will look like the following:

Screenshot of the Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser website's homepage

Click on the Property Search button and you’ll be taken to a page where you can search for property records by address, owner name, subdivision name or the Folio number.

The easiest and quickest way to find property records is to search by the owner’s name if you have it. Otherwise, you can more precisely search using the property’s address.

If you search by owner name, you can simply search by the last name if it’s unique enough, or by the full name if you’re confident of the recorded spelling.

Miami Dade County Property Appraiser Website's Property Search Page

After you click on a search result, you’ll be taken to the specific property’s page, where you’ll find a plethora of information about the specific property such as its Folio number, subdivision name, owner name(s), mailing address of the owner(s), zoning, land usage, information about the property like year built and number of bedrooms and bathrooms, assessment information, tax abatement information, sale history and much more.

In fact, the first thing you’ll see is the property’s Folio number, which is located under the Property Information sub-section on the top left of the property information page.

Miami Dade County Property Appraiser Website Property Information Page

Pro Tip: You can also look up the property tax bills for any Folio number on this page. Just click on the link for Property Taxes on the Featured Online Tools sub-section. As you might expect, the Real Estate Account Number is the same as the Folio number.

What do the numbers in my folio number mean?

While you might think that the Folio number is just a randomly generated series of numbers, Miami-Dade County actually explains in detail on its website what each digit actually means.

The Folio number is a 13 digit number formatted in this manner: 99-9999-999-9999, with the segments representing a property’s Municipality, Township, Range, Section, Sub-division and Parcel Identifier.

The 1st two digits of the folio number are the municipal code as listed on this adjoining chart. Code 30 indicates properties in Miami-Dade County not within the municipality, otherwise referred to as “unincorporated.”

Township, Range, and Section:
The next 4 digits indicate the, Township, Range and Section based on the Public Land Survey System (PLSS).

The first digit is the township number. Townships run from North to South in ascending order. Miami-Dade starts with township 51 in the north and changes every 6 miles going South until township 59. The first number of the township (5) is omitted and only the second number is used in the folio number. A township is 36 square miles.

The second of these 4 is the range number. Range numbers start with range 35 in the extreme West and change every 6 miles going East until range 42. The first digit of the range (3 or 4) is omitted and only the last number is used in the folio number.

The last two digits are the section number. This could be any number between 1 and 36, there being 36 sections in each township and range grid. A section is normally one square mile.

The next 3 digits are the subdivision number, acreage or plat. Un-subdivided properties will show 000 in this portion of the folio number. Every subdivision within a section is given a consecutive number. Therefore, 006 within a section is the 6th subdivision recorded within this section. Some acreage parcels were originally part of old subdivisions and carries 001 or 002 designation under subdivision, even though these are large tracts (acreage).

Parcel Identifier:
The last 4 digits are the actual parcel number.

Example Folio Number Breakdown and Explanation

List of Municipalities:
01                       Miami
02                       Miami Beach
03                       Coral Gables
04                       Hialeah
05                       Miami Springs
06                       North Miami
07                       North Miami Beach
08                       Opa-locka
09                       South Miami
10                       Homestead
11                       Miami Shores
12                       Bal Harbour
13                       Bal Harbour Islands
14                       Surfside
15                       West Miami
16                       Florida City
17                       Biscayne Park
18                       El Portal
19                       Golden Beach
20                       Pinecrest
21                       Indian Creek
22                       Medley
23                       North Bay Village
24                       Key Biscayne
25                       Sweetwater
26                       Virginia Gardens
27                       Hialeah Gardens
28                       Aventura
29                       (formerly Islandia)
30                       Unincorporated Miami-Dade County
31                       Sunny Isles Beach
32                       Miami Lakes
33                       Palmetto Bay
34                       Miami Gardens
35                       Doral
36                       Cutler Bay


Parcel ID lookup for other Florida counties

You can look up the Parcel ID, Property Tax Number or whatever the property’s identifier is called in Florida’s other counties by simply checking out the relevant county property appraiser’s (or equivalent) website. You can usually find the right website by simply searching for the county name + property search.

For example, if you wanted to find a Broward County condo’s unique property number, then you could simply search for “Broward County property search,” and you’d find the Broward County Property Appraiser’s website.

You can see in this sample search result the “Property ID” number for a condo in Broward County. Don’t get thrown off by how different counties call their property ID numbers!

Sample Broward County Property Appraiser Website Property Information Page

We could do a similar internet search for Palm Beach County. For example, searching on Google for “Palm Beach property search” will lead you to the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s website.

You can see in the example here that Palm Beach County references their property IDs as a “Parcel Control Number” in this format: XX-X-XX-XX-XX-XXX-XXXX

Palm Beach County Property Appraiser website sample property information page

We won’t go through the rest of Florida’s numerous counties, but you get the idea. No matter what the county officials decide to call their Florida property tax numbers, you’ll be able to find it on the relevant county appraiser’s website.

As of this writing, most if not all of Florida’s counties have moved their property records online, so it’s very unlikely you won’t be able to find your property tax ID or parcel ID number by yourself online.

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Disclosure: Hauseit® and its affiliates do not provide tax, legal, financial or accounting advice. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal, financial or accounting advice. No representation, guarantee or warranty of any kind is made regarding the completeness or accuracy of information provided.

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