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Florida Dept. of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics

About Florida Vital Statistics

Vital Statistics consists of official records of birth, death, fetal death, marriage, and dissolution of marriage.  These records are essential for just administration of our law and for the protection of individual rights. In addition, the statistical data from these records are of great value to public health and other agencies.

You may need certified copies of these records for passports, school entrance, employment, proof of citizenship, governmental benefits or insurance

The need for accurate statistical data on epidemics and the causes of death was crucial in establishing our present day vital statistics registration system.   Before 1899, some cities enacted ordinances requiring the recording of vital events and provided their own system for doing so. The City of Key West has the oldest known records, dating back to 1865.  A law was enacted in 1927 providing for the centralization of marriage and divorce records.  Currently, the Bureau of Vital Statistics maintains more than 25 million vital records. If the event you are requesting took place in Florida, you may get certifications from the following specified locations:

Local County Health Departments

You may order a copy of a birth, death or fetal death record through your local County Health Department.  Counties have computer access from 1917 to present for birth records and 2009 to present for death and fetal death records for the entire state as well as births that occurred in their county.  Your Local County Sites

Florida Bureau of Vital Statistics
To order your certificate from the state office, use the navigation pane on the left to choose your desired certificate, birth, death, marriage or dissolution of marriage (divorce.)  You may complete the state forms online using your computer, print and mail them to the Bureau of Vital Statistics in Jacksonville for processing.  The Bureau is open for walk-in service Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)and phone service until 5:00p.m., excluding holidays.

Phone: (904) 359-6900