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Florida Vital Records

Vital records, as their name suggests, are connected with central life events: birth, marriage, and death. Maintained by civil authorities, they are prime sources of genealogical information; but, unfortunately, official vital records are available only for relatively recent periods. These records, despite their recent creation in the United States, are critically important in genealogical research, often supplying details on family members well back into the nineteenth century. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, by Loretto Szucs and Sandra Luebking.

Office of Vital Statistics, Dept of Health
Dept of Health
P.O. Box 210, 1217 Pearl Street
Jacksonville, FL 32231
(904) 359-6900
Make check payable to Office of Vital Statistics

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Birth $9.00 Since April 1865

Use their new birth certificate request (pdf format – 2 pages)
Upon completion of this request, mail or fax to Vital Statistics. Address and fax number are listed on the application.

You must explain your relationship to the person whose record you are requesting.

Death $5.00 Since Jan 1917
Office of death records:  (904) 359-6934

The death you are requesting must have occurred in Florida.

If you are requesting the cause of death, you must explain your relationship to the person whose record you are requesting. If a relationship is not stated, you will be issued a certified copy excluding cause of death information.

To order a death certificate by either mail or fax, provide a signed letter which includes the following information:

Information about the person whose record is being requested:

  1. Information about the person making the request:

    • full name
    • relationship to the decedent, if requesting cause of death information
    • mailing address
    • telephone number where you can be reached during our office
  2. Send a check or money order made payable to the “Office of Vital Statistics”

Marriage $5.00 Since June 6, 1927

The marriage record you are concerned with must have occurred in Florida.

To order a marriage certificate by either mail or fax, provide a signed letter which includes the following information:

Information about the record being requested:

Information about the person making the request:

Send a check or money order made payable to the “Office of Vital Statistics.”

Divorce $5.00 Since June 6, 1927

The divorce you are concerned with must have occurred in Florida.

The fee for a divorce report is $5.00 for one certification and $4.00 for each additional certification of the same record when ordered at the same time.

To order a divorce record by either mail or fax, provide a signed letter which includes the following information:

  1. Information about the record being requested:
    • full names of the husband and wife, including wife’s maiden name
    • date of the divorce
    • city or county where divorce was granted
    • The name of the husband is required because divorce records are indexed under the name of the husband only.
  2. Information about the person making the request:
    • full name
    • mailing address
    • telephone number where you can be reached during our office hours
  3. Send a check or money order made out to “Office of Vital Statistics”
    • Send the information described above along with the fee to