How to Find Florida Death Records
Death Records in Florida
The Florida Department of Healths State Office of Vital Statistics
maintains death records from 1917 on forward with some records dating
back even further, all the way to 1877. The Office of Vital Statistics
can assist eligible people with obtaining a copy of a death certificate
for those who died in Florida.
The cause of death is not public record for the first 50 years after the
death. After 50years, the cause of death is released. Anyone may request
a copy of a death record however if you wish to receive the cause of
death for a death record within 50 years of the death, you must meet one
of the following eligibility requirements:
The spouse of the deceased
The sibling of the deceased (over age 18)
The adult child of the deceased
The adult grandchild of the deceased
A person who can present a will, insurance policy, court order or
other document that demonstrates their interest in the estate of the
A person who can document that they are representing one of the above
A person who is listed in a court order directing Vital Statistics to
release the death record to
How to request a Florida death certificate
In all cases, you must present a signed, written request with the
Full name of the deceased
Date of death (if unsure, provide a range of dates to search)
City or county of death
Your full name
Your relationship to the deceased if you are requesting a cause of
Your mailing address
Your phone number
Signed copy of your picture ID if requesting a cause of death. If you
are the legal guardian, provide notarized guardianship documents as
You can download an application here:
Bring all of the appropriate information, fees and documents to:
Office of Vital Statistics
1217 Pearl St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
(office hours: M-F 8:30-4:30 EST)
Note: Death record orders prepaid by noon can be picked up the same day
after 3:30. Death record orders prepaid after noon can be picked up
after 10:00AM the following day.
Create letter or fill out the application with the necessary
information, include all necessary documentation, appropriate fees and
Office of Vital Statistics
Attn: Customer Services
P.O. Box 210
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042
Make check payable to: Vital Statistics and enclose a copy of your photo
ID. Credit card orders will be processed through VitalChek and will
incur additional fees.
Call (904) 359-6900 ext 9000 Monday Friday 8:00 - 5:00 EST.
In addition the VitalChek automated phone service will accept credit
card orders 24/7 by calling 877-550-7330. However, you will incur
additional costs including a rush fee and various service and shipping
Ordering death certificates by fax is done through the VitalChek
automated network. You will incur additional rush fees along with
various VitalChek service fees and shipping fees. Call (877) 550-7428 to
reach VitalChek. Alternately, you can check their website at
www.vitalchek.com for online requests. Additional rush, service and
shipping fees apply.
The initial death certificate costs $5 and additional copies are $4 if
ordered at the same time. The $5 is non-refundable, if the record is not
found, a certified No Record Found document is issued.
If you dont know the year of death, add $2 per year searched with a
maximum charge of $55.
Rush orders cost $10 and must be marked RUSH on the envelope.
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