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State Offices

Florida Department of Health
Bureau of Vital Statistics
Office of Vital Records
1217 Pearl Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Mailing Address:
Florida Department of Health
Bureau of Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 210
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042

Phone: (904) 359-6900
Fax : (904) 359-6931
Email: VitalStats@doh.state.fl.us
Website

Florida has been issuing computer certification since the mid 1980s, which is accepted by the U.S. Passport Office, the Social Security Administration, courts, school districts, and all other state and federal entities and cruise lines requiring proof of U.S. birth.

Remarks: All requests must include a copy of State-issued or Government-issued document or Photo ID of the person requesting the Certificate. Expired cards or documents will not be accepted.

Processing Fees

Standard: $0.00 (3 to 4 to 10 business days)
Rush: $10.00 (Computer copy) 1 to 2 business days
Express: $10.00 + a pre-paid express delivery envelope (1 to 2 business days)

VitalCheck

Secured online applications to request for vital records, which accepts all major credit card payments, can be made through VitalCheck with an additional charge for their service.


Vital Records

Birth

Location:
Department of State Health Services
Bureau of Vital Statistics
Texas Vital Statistics
1100 W. 49th Street
Austin, TX 78756
Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm

Mailing Address:
Florida Department of Health
Bureau of Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 210
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042

Phone: (904) 359-6900
Fax : (904) 359-6931
Email: VitalStats@doh.state.fl.us
Website

If you are not an immediate family member, you must provide legal documentation, such as a court order establishing guardianship, that documents a direct and tangible interest in the birth certificate.

Fee: $9.00
Time-frame: State Records dating back to 1865
Notes: Additional copies of the birth record ordered at the same time are $4.00 each.

Remarks: For births that occurred within the past 75 years, copies can be requested only by the immediate family of the person whose name is on the birth certificate.

Computer Certification - Normal processing time is 3-4 business days, provided the record and application are complete and in order.

Remarks: The Computer Certification is recognized and accepted by ALL State and Federal Agencies.

Photocopy Certification - Normal processing time is approximately 10 business days. Definitions of the two types of Certifications are on the reverse side.

Additional Certification Fees

Additional Computer Certifications: $4.00 for each subsequent Computer Certification

Additional Photocopy Certifications: $4.00 for each subsequent Photocopy Certification

Additional Years to be Searched: $2.00 for each additional year and the maximum additional year search fee is $ 50.00 regardless of the total number of years to be searched.


Heirloom Birth Certificate

A personalized Birth Certificate can be obtained from the Office of Vital Statistics. The Heirloom Birth Certificate makes a great gift, especially when it's engraved with baby's name and birth date.

Fee: $34.00
Notes: Allow 4 - 6 weeks for delivery.

Apostille/Exemplified Certificates

An Apostille is a certification provided under the Hague convention of 1961 for authenticating documents for use in foreign countries. The sole function of the Apostille or Exemplified certificate is to certify the authenticity of the signature of the document.

Remarks: In Florida, the Apostille or Exemplified certificate contains the original signature of the State Registrar and the Secretary of State.

Putative Father Registry

A Claim of Paternity may be filed at any time prior to the child's birth BUT a claim of paternity may not be filed after the date a petition is filed for termination of parental rights.

Remarks: In Florida, the Apostille or Exemplified certificate contains the original signature of the State Registrar and the Secretary of State.


Death

Location:
Department of State Health Services
Bureau of Vital Statistics
Texas Vital Statistics
1100 W. 49th Street
Austin, TX 78756
Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm

Mailing Address:
Florida Department of Health
Bureau of Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 210
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042

Phone: (904) 359-6900
Fax : (904) 359-6931
Email: VitalStats@doh.state.fl.us
Website

*In Florida, anyone may order a Florida Death Certificate "Without cause of death". A Florida Death Certificate "With Cause of Death" is confidential by Florida Law *

Fee: $5.00
Time-frame: State Records dating back to 1877
Notes: Limited Florida Deaths were recorded between the years of 1877 and 1917. Additional copies of the birth record ordered at the same time are $4.00 each.

Remarks: Enlarge the copy and lighten it as much as possible to ensure it is clear and readable when sent to the State Bureau of Vital Statistics.


Additional Certification Fees

WITHOUT Cause of Death: $4.00 for each subsequent certification

WITH Cause of Death: $4.00 for each subsequent certification

Additional Years to be Searched: Required only when exact year is not known $2.00 for each additional year. The maximum additional year search fee is $ 50.00 regardless of the total number of years to be searched.

Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth

A Florida Certificate of Fetal Death must be on file before the Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth Certificate can be issued. Statute defines a fetal death as one in which the 20th week of gestation has been reached.

Certificate Fee: $9.00
Additional Copies: $4.00
Additional Years: A fee of $2.00 per year is required and the maximum search fee is $50.00.

Notes: If a fetal death record is not found, a certified "No Record Found" statement will be issued. Normal processing time is 5-7business days. Issuance is from the State Bureau of Vital Statistics only; county offices cannot issue this certificate, but should refer applicants to the state office.

Fetal Demise

In addition to having the physician arrange for the disposition of fetal remains under the terms and conditions customarily used, you may also choose for burial or cremation by a licensed funeral director or registered direct disposer.

Certificate Fee: $9.00
Additional Copies: $4.00
Notes: As a result of a spontaneous fetal demise of less than 20 weeks gestation, this form is provided to advise you of your options for final disposition of fetal remains.

Remarks: If you choose not to sign this form, the physician is authorized by law to arrange for the disposition of fetal remains under the terms and conditions customarily used.

Death Report Delay (DRD)

Funeral Director/Direct Disposer is to file this report with the Local Registrar of the county in which death occurred each time a death certificate is not complete upon the termination of the 5 day extension indicated on the Burial-Transit Permit which was filed for this decedent.

Certificate Fee: $9.00
Notes: If a further extension is required, the funeral director must provide written justification to the registrar." Chapter 382.008(3)(b) Florida Statutes.

Remarks: If the physician or medical examiner has indicated that he or she will sign and complete the medical certification of cause of death, but will not be available until after the 5-day registration deadline, the local registrar may grant an extension of 5 days.


Marriage

Location:
Department of State Health Services
Bureau of Vital Statistics
Texas Vital Statistics
1100 W. 49th Street
Austin, TX 78756
Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm

Mailing Address:
Florida Department of Health
Bureau of Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 210
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042

Phone: (904) 359-6900
Fax : (904) 359-6931
Email: VitalStats@doh.state.fl.us
Website

A Certification of Marriage (June 1927 to present) that has been recorded by the Clerk of Court. This certification is accepted by all State and Federal Agencies and used as evidence of the marriage. Normal Response time is 5-7 business days, provided the record and application are complete and in order.

Fee: $5.00
Time-frame: Records since June 6, 1927
Notes: Beginning with 1972, the application to marry section was incorporated to the front of the Marriage record. Additional copies of the birth record ordered at the same time are $4.00 each.

Remarks: Marriage Licenses from June 6, 1927 to the present are available at this office. Any Marriage Record prior to June 6, 1927 is obtainable from the county Clerk of the Court where the Marriage License was issued

Additional Certification Fees

Additional Certifications: $4.00 for each subsequent certification

Additional Years to be Searched: Required only when exact year is not known $2.00 for each additional year. The maximum additional year search fee is $ 50.00 regardless of the total number of years to be searched.

Heirloom Marriage Certificate

A Commemorative Marriage Certificate is signed by the current Governor and State Registrar of Vital Statistics. The certificates contain calligraphy style printing, gold state seal, and are suitable for framing and preserving as family heirlooms.

Fee: $30.00
Notes: The State of Florida issues commemorative birth and marriage certificates, signed by the current Governor and State Registrar of Vital Statistics.


Divorce

Location:
Department of State Health Services
Bureau of Vital Statistics
Texas Vital Statistics
1100 W. 49th Street
Austin, TX 78756
Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm

Mailing Address:
Florida Department of Health
Bureau of Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 210
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042

Phone: (904) 359-6900
Fax : (904) 359-6931
Email: VitalStats@doh.state.fl.us
Website

After a divorce has been recorded, the Clerk of the Court sends a Report of Dissolution of Marriage to this office. If the divorce was recently granted, it generally takes up to 60 days to be received by this office from the Clerk of the Court.

Fee: $5.00
Time-frame: Records since June 6, 1927
Notes: The divorce decree and other court papers remain on file at the Clerk's office. Additional copies of the birth record ordered at the same time are $4.00 each.

Remarks: If the current dissolution of marriage is less than sixty (60) days from the date of this application and you need evidence of the divorce for legal purposes, you may wish to contact the county where the Dissolution of Marriage was granted.

Additional Certification Fees

Additional Certifications: $4.00 for each subsequent certification

Additional Years to be Searched: Required only when exact year is not known $2.00 for each additional year. The maximum additional year search fee is $ 50.00 regardless of the total number of years to be searched.

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