Florida Divorce Records Search
Florida divorce records are available online for anyone to view, but they’re only available to purchase by either spouse in the divorce. It’s a public record, which means anyone can perform a quick online search to locate a divorce record. Once a divorce is finalized in Florida, it’s filed by the court in the county where the divorce took place. It’s available to view online when anyone visits the county website and chooses to search the public records database by either name on the divorce decree. It takes only a few seconds, and it’s not something that can be removed from the public records database. To perform a Florida divorce record search, use the above form.
Get a Florida Divorce Records Copy
Florida divorce records are available for purchase, but they cannot go to anyone who was not listed on the divorce decree. Either party can obtain a divorce record by visiting the Florida Department of Health or the local courthouse in which the divorce was finalized. There is a $5 fee for the first copy, and a $4 fee applies to all additional copies requested at the same time.
Ordering by mail is the simplest way to obtain a divorce record in Florida. The process is simple. It requires writing a request letter to the bureau of Vital Statistics. The letter must include specific information:
– The full names of both parties listed on the divorce record
– Maiden names of anyone located on the divorce record
– The date of the divorce in the month/day/year format
– The city and county where the divorce was finalized
– Your full name
– Your mail address
– Your phone number
– A signed check or money order payable to “Vital Statistics”
Any missing information will result in the denial of a divorce record in Florida. However, the bureau will use the phone number listed to alert you to the fact that there is missing or incorrect information in order to provide you with the chance to correct the mistake.
To complete your order, your official request letter and payment is mailed to:
Bureau of Vital Statistics
Attn: Vital Record Section
Post Office Box 210
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042
It takes only two to five business days for the request to be processed and the copies you request to be mailed to you. If you are unsure the year of the divorce, you can ask the Florida bureau to perform a search in additional years if you provide $2 for each additional year you request. You may also include an additional $10 and a notation to “RUSH” your request.
Florida divorce records are easily found if you know the vital information on the divorce decree. Former couples often require this paperwork to apply for a new mortgage, to change their name, or to apply for a new marriage license. It’s best to keep the official copy provided when a divorce is finalized, but it’s not impossible to obtain a new copy of the record if you need it at a later date.