Checkpoint Information

Monroe County checkpoint ahead sign for COVID-19

MONROE COUNTY IS CLOSED TO ALL TOURISTS AND LEISURE VISITORS

Checkpoints in Place

Monroe County, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and the municipalities have partnered to continue to operate the 24-hour southbound traffic checkpoints at mile marker 112.5 on the 18-Mile Stretch (U.S. 1), and on Card Sound Road (905) to reinforce Monroe County’s closure to visitors and non-residents until June 1, 2020. 

Long delays are possible at checkpoints. Do not call 911 with non-emergency questions about U.S. 1.

What’s Needed to Enter the Florida Keys at Checkpoint

Residency in Monroe County may be satisfactorily established by providing at least one of the following at the checkpoint:

  • An original Florida Driver’s license or identification card showing the address for a property located in the Florida Keys portion of Monroe County. Note, a photocopy or paper printout denoting an address change will not be sufficient.
  • A hard copy deed, a residential lease for a term of at least 181 days in duration, a 2020 bill from the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority bill, Florida Keys Electric Cooperative, or Keys Energy Services, tax bill, or vehicle registration for a property located in Monroe County with a government-issued driver’s license or identification card with the same name. Documents establishing ownership of a Florida Keys property owned by a limited liability company or other business entity, e.g. a partnership or corporation, is insufficient to establish residency for purposes of this directive. Properties owned by entities such as LLCs, corporations, partnerships, and trusts, must present an entry permit as specified in paragraph Si below.

Non-residents can demonstrate that they have legitimate business in the Florida Keys portion of Monroe County by providing at least one of the following at the checkpoint:

  • An employee identification card issued by an employer in the Florida Keys portion of Monroe County;
  • A hardcopy paystub issued within the last month by an employer in the Florida Keys portion of Monroe County;
  • A hardcopy letter from the non-resident’s employer on company letterhead attesting that the individual is working in the Florida Keys portion of Monroe County;
  • A contract to perform services with a resident or entity in the Florida Keys portion of Monroe County;
  • Military identification and/or orders detailing that individual to serve in the Florida Keys portion of Monroe County;
  • A vehicle containing items for delivery in the Florida Keys portion of Monroe County, including but not limited to fuel, groceries, paper products, construction materials, and other goods;
  • An "authorized emergency vehicle" as that term is defined in F.S. 316.003 or F.S. 322.01.
  • Any vehicle owned by the State of Florida, the United States, or any local government entity or utility located within Monroe County.
  • A permit issued by the local government with primary jurisdiction over the property to a person with an ownership interest with a Florida Keys property owned by a corporate entity such as a limited liability company, partnership, corporation, or similar entity (see form below).
  • A single-use entry permit issued by a local government with primary jurisdiction over personal property to a person with an ownership interest in that property for the preservation and/or removal of that property from the Florida Keys.
  • Documentation demonstrating Court business such as hearing notice, deposition notice, subpoena, Florida Bar card, or similar credential from another State.
  • Any indicia of eligibility for lawful entry issued by Monroe County Emergency Management and approved for current use.

Documentation of eligibility for entry shall be in the form of an original document or a hardcopy paper photocopy of the original. Digital images and photographs of documentation SHALL NOT BE sufficient documentation to establish eligibility for entrance.

Please No Donations at the Checkpoint

Many residents are showing up at the checkpoint with food and drink donations. The officers and others working the checkpoint are being well taken care of through Emergency Management. There is no need to provide this kind of support. If you feel like you need to do something to help, checkpoint staff suggests donating non-perishable items to the local food banks or pet food to the local animal shelter, both of which are running short of supplies.