Death records can be ordered by mail or in person from the State of Florida Vital Records, as well as from a website where an Internet user can access a database of information. Florida Death Certificates “without cause of death” are a matter of public record and can be ordered by anyone who would like to receive this information. A Death Certificate which includes the cause of death can only be issued in certain circumstances.
The eligibility criteria to order a Florida Death Record “with cause of death” is as follows:
• The deceased’s spouse, child, grandchild or parent can order a record. A sibling over the age of 18 can also request this information.
• A person who produces a signed will or an insurance policy which indicates that he or she is the beneficiary can also obtain a Florida death record.
• An individual who provides documentation that he or she is acting on behalf of someone listed above can also order a copy of a death record in Florida.
Fifty years after the date of the individual’s death, the cause of death is considered public information. At that point, anyone can request a copy of the death certificate with full information provided.
When you request a copy of a Florida death record, you will need to provide the following information:
• Full name of the deceased
• Date of death
• City or county where death occurred
• Social Security Number (if this information is available)
The person who is ordering the death certificate must provide some information about him or herself:
Relationship to the deceased person (if a death certificate which includes the cause of death is being requested)
Daytime phone number
If the record is being requested by a funeral director or an attorney, his or her professional license number must also be included. The signed application form and a copy of the requester’s picture ID must be mailed to the Vital Records department or presented at the office if the request is being made in person
The mailing address is
Bureau of Vital Statistics
Attn: Client Services
P.O. Box 210
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042
In-person requests may be presented between 8:00-4:30 Eastern Time (Monday-Friday) at
Bureau of Vital Statistics
1217 Pearl St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
If the standard delivery method is chosen, the death certificate will be provided in approximately 10 business days. Rush delivery is available at an additional charge of $10.00. In a situation where the death record is needed in one or two business days, include a prepaid delivery envelope and pay the $10.00 rush fee. A signature will be required when the envelope is delivered.
People who don’t live in the Jacksonville area who don’t want to wait for their request for a Florida death certificate to be processed can order one online by visiting a website which offers copies of these records for a fee. Simply conduct a search on the site’s database to confirm that the information is available and pay a fee to receive it.