In Florida, the Florida Department of Health and Vital Statistics is responsible for maintaining and issuing the official record of all deaths that occur in the state of Florida. The Florida Department of Health and Vital Statistics maintains Florida death records of 1977-present. The death records maintained by the Department of Health and Vital Statistics are categorized into two types: death records 1977-1939 and death records 1939-present. As far as the provision of records is concerned, the Department of Health and Vital Statistics does everything it possibly can to ensure an expeditious and high quality service.
There are many ways for you to request for and obtain Florida Death Records including online. The online requests for death records take only 3 to 5 days to process. The other ways to request for the death record you need is in person and by mail. In Florida, you can request for a person?s death record only if you?re related to the deceased or have a financial interest in the record. Relatives who can request for and obtain a person?s Florida death record include the deceased?s spouse, sibling, parent, grandparent, and adult child.
If you do not fall in any of these categories then you must provide the Florida Department of Health and Vital Statistics a notarized statement signed by an immediate family member of the deceased to get the death record you need. As mentioned above, there are three ways to obtain death records in Florida: in person, by mail and online. Following is how you can obtain the Florida death record you need through each way.
To make an in person request for the death record you need, visit the local Bureau of Vital Statistics office, complete and submit the Application for Florida Death or Fetal Death Record, provide a copy of your valid Photo ID and pay the require fee. The fee for Florida Death Records is $5.
To make a mail request for the death record you need, complete and send the aforementioned application along with a copy of your valid Photo ID, a self-addressed envelope and a pay order or check for the fee to:
Bureau of Vital Statistics
Attn: Vital Records Section
P.O. Box 210
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042
The final way to obtain the Florida death record you need is online. The Florida Department of Health and Vital Statistics provides death records online through Vitalcheck, an independent company that it has partnered with to make the records available online. To make an online request for the Florida death record you need, go to the website of Vitalcheck and follow the instructions stated there. The fee for online records is $15.
You can also obtain the death record you need online through public databases. To find out more about Florida Death Records, call the Florida Department of Health and Vital Statistics at 904-359-6900.