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Death Records in Florida

The Florida Department of Health’s 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 deceased.
• 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 following information:
• Full name of the deceased
• Date of death (if unsure, provide a range of dates to search)
• Sex
• City or county of death
• Your full name
• Your relationship to the deceased if you are requesting a cause of death
• 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 well.

You can download an application here:

In Person
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.

By Mail
Create letter or fill out the application with the necessary information, include all necessary documentation, appropriate fees and mail to:
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.

By Phone
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 fees.

By Fax
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 don’t 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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