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Q.  Need to request a death certificate? 
A.  Use this Death Certificate Application, then place your order using one of the methods below.


Q.  How much is a death certificate?
A.  The cost for a copy is $10


Q.  What death certificates can be obtained?
A.  Certificates of death are available for deaths occurring within Okaloosa County between January 2000 to present


Q.  Who can obtain a death certificate?
A.  Death certificates without cause are available to anyone. However, cause of death is available only to immediate family members, with appropriate photo ID. Lawyers representing the immediate family, banks, executors of estates, and insurance companies can also obtain copies with cause with appropriate documentation.


Q.  Where is the Okaloosa County Health Department located?  How can I reach the Vital Statistics office?
A.  We are located at 221 Hospital Dr NE in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.  The Vitals Statistics' phone number is  850-833-9255, and their fax is (850) 833-9275.

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IN-PERSON
Applications are accepted in person at our Fort Walton Beach facility.
221 Hospital Dr NE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

View our hours of operation.

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MAIL ORDERS
All death record orders require completed application and payment by check, money order, or credit card*.  With cause requests require a copy of valid photo ID.  Mail requests to Okaloosa County Health Department, 221 Hospital Drive NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548.  Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

*There is a field on the application to include credit card information.
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FAX ORDERS through the Vital Statistics Office

With cause requests require completed application and a copy of valid photo ID faxed to (850) 833-9275.

NOTE:  All fax orders must be paid by credit card

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PHONE, ONLINE, & FAX ORDERS through VitalChek
Please note: Florida Department of Health does not accept credit cards for online orders, however, for your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service, VitalChek Network, Inc. Major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard®, and Visa®.

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VitalChek Phone:  1-877-550-7330
Credit card orders will be accepted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the VitalChek network (automated voice system).  A $5 VitalChek fee is required.

VitalChek Fax:  1-877-550-7428
If ordering by fax, a $5 VitalChek fee is required.  Please allow 2-3 days for processing.

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To amend the medical certification or cause of death section on the death certificate requires the certifying physician or medical examiner to complete and file the notarized Affidavit of Amendment to Medical Certification of Death, DH 434A (2005 Version) or Affidavit of Amendment to Medical Certification of Death, DH 434 (2004 and prior). This includes not only the cause of death and manner of death, but also "...the date of death, hour or time of death or the place of death other than street address..."

There is no amendment fee associated with a medical amendment, however, if a certification of the amended death record is desired, a fee of $5.00 for the first copy and $4.00 for each subsequent copy ordered at the same time is required.

Questions on the medical affidavit should be directed to (850) 833-9240.

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Apostille death certificates are those prepared to give to foreign countries.

The following situations are examples of when an Apostille death certificate could be required.
  •  Burying a deceased family member in a foreign country
  •  Settling an estate of a deceased family member in a foreign country

Need an Apostille Application?  Learn more about the steps you must take to apply for and obtain an Apostille Certificate.

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  This page was updated on 22-Jul-13

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