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Florida Department of Children and Families
Phone: 863-619-4100
Circuit 10
1055 US Hwy 17
Bartow, FL 33830
The Department provides services in the following program areas: Abuse Hotline, Adoption, Adult Services for elderly and disabled, Child Abuse Prevention, Child Care, Developmental Disabilities, Domestic Violence, Foster Care, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Food Stamps, Medicaid, Financial Assistance
Florida Department of Motor Vehicles
Phone: 863-499-2323
3249 Lakeland Hills Blvd.
Lakeland, FL  33805
Issues Florida State Driver licenses, administers driving tests, and State Identification cards. Hours: Monday –
Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. A certified birth certificate, U.S. passport, or Social Security card or SSA printout is required, along with proof of local address, for State ID cards.
Florida Department of Veterans Affairs
Phone: 863-701-2470
4237 S. Pipkin Rd.
Lakeland, FL  33903
Cabinet agency created to assist all present and former members of U.S. Armed Forces and their dependents and survivors in preparing claims for and securing such compensation, pension, hospitalization, assisted living and long term care, vocational training and employment assistance. All services rendered by FDVA are without charge to the claimant.
Florida's Substance Abuse Program
Phone: 863-619-4100
4720 Old Highway 37
Lakeland, FL  33813
Dedicated to the development of a comprehensive system of prevention, emergency, and treatment services for individuals and families at risk or affected by substance abuse, and to promote their safety, well-being and self sufficiency. The Substance Abuse Program is part of The Department of Children and Families.
 
Office of the Public Defender
Phone: 863-534-4000
Polk County Courthouse
10th Judicial Circuit of Florida
255 N. Broadway, 3rd Floor
Bartow, FL  33831
Represents indigent people charged with crimes and those who may otherwise be in jeopardy of losing their liberty. Generally, representation by a public defender is made by the judicial courts. The Office of Public
Defender, 10th Judicial Circuit of Florida, covers Polk, Hardee and Highlands Counties.
 
Polk County Clerk of the Court
Phone: 863-534-4540
Polk County Government Center
930 East Parker Street
Lakeland, FL  33801
Maintains all official county records including civil records, tax debt sales and traffic ticket payments.
Polk County Courthouse
Phone: 863-534-4000
255 North Broadway
Bartow, FL 33830
Open Monday thru Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm, Closed Holidays
Polk County Courthouse Annex Lakeland
Phone: 863-603-6412
930 East Parker Street
Lakeland, FL  33801
Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 8:00am – 5:00pm, Tuesday, Thursday - 8:00am – 6:00pm, Closed Holidays
Polk County Probation
Phone: 863-534-4125
Fleet Lane Building
305 North Jackson Avenue
Bartow, FL  33830
Social Security Administration
Phone: 800-772-1213
402 South Kentucky Avenue
Room 200, 2nd Floor
Lakeland, FL  33801
Pays retirement, disability, and survivors benefits to workers and their families and administers the Supplemental
Security Income (SSI) programs. They also issue new Social Security numbers, replacement SS cards, Social Security Benefit Statements, Statement of Earnings, proof of income and replacement Medicaid cards.
Office Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8:30am – 3:30pm, Closed Federal Holidays
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