Posted By:Laverne Tornow
Subject:Re: death certificate cost
Post Date:September 24, 2006 at 07:57:08
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Forum:Citrus County, FL Genealogy Forum
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The cost for a copy of a death certificate varies, depending on if it is with or without cause. They are applied for thru the Bureau of Vital Statistics, not the county. Due to some new restrictions put in place after 9/11, you must be a relative of the person whose certificate you are seeking. I believe the cost is 9.00 for a with cause certificate, plus any research fees.

Here is the information on obtaining a Florida Death Certificate copied/pasted right from :

Vital Records - Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Divorces
How to Order a Florida Death Certificate

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Order a birth certificate
Please provide a signed letter with the following information. Applications are accepted by mail, fax, phone or in person at the State Vital Statistics office in Jacksonville.

Step 1 Determine your eligibility to receive a death certificate

Anyone may order a Florida death certificate
Limited Florida Deaths were recorded between the years of 1877 and 1917
Cause of death becomes public information 50 years following the death. Prior to that time, cause of death is considered confidential by Florida law
Click here if you are requesting cause of death

If the death did not occur in Florida, please go to the following link to order certificates from other states:

Step 2 Provide information about the person named on the certificate

Full name of the deceased person
Date of death (month, day, year or series of years to be searched)
City or County of death

Step 3 Provide information about the person ordering the certificate

Full name
Relationship to decedent (if requesting cause of death)
Mailing address
Phone number where you can be reached during business hours
Letters or applications must include a copy of a PICTURE ID is required for death certificates from with cause of death information only(DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL DOCUMENT) of the applicant and the signature and relationship stated. If legal guardian, please include notarized guardianship documents.

Step 4 Select type of death certificate
type of certificate description cost
1. Photocopy certification Photocopy of the original record with embossed seal of Florida. Available from 1917 to present. $5.00

2. Additional copies Additional copies of the above certificates when ordered at the same time. $4.00 ea.

Step 5
Select delivery method
Note: The Vital Statistics processing time does not include postal transit time to and from our office. We cannot predict how long the mail/courier will take.
delivery method description additional cost Vital Statistics processing time

Standard Normal delivery option (included with certificate purchase). Certificates sent via U.S. mail. $0.00 5-7 business days

Rush Rush delivery. Please mark request "RUSH". Certificates sent via U.S. Mail. Plus mail time $10.00 2-3 business days

Express Express delivery includes rush delivery. Certificates sent via U.S. Postal Express Overnight Service. Someone must be available to sign for the package unless notified that no signature is required $14.40
+$10 Rush Fee


1-2 business days

Step 6 Determine your method of payment

Request submitted... Type of payment accepted
by Mail Check or money order payable to "Vital Statistics". Credit cards also accepted (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover) Requires a $5.00 VitalChek service fee. Please do NOT send cash.

by Phone or FAX
(fastest service) Remote ordering using credit cards only (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover) Requires a $5.00 VitalChek service fee.

in person at the Office of Vital Statistics Checks, money orders and credit cards accepted

Step 7 Mail, FAX, phone or bring your request and payment to the Office of Vital Statistics.
(Orders may NOT be placed through this website)

Mailing address
Order form (PDF format - requires Adobe Acrobat Reader )
Office of Vital Statistics
Attn: Customer Services
P.O. Box 210
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042

In person address Office of Vital Statistics
1217 Pearl St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
(lobby hours: M-F 8:30-4:30 EST)

Phone (904) 359-6900 extension 9000
M-F 8:00 - 5:00 EST
(Credit card orders will be accepted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1 (877) 550-7330 (automated voice system)

Order form (PDF format - requires Adobe Acrobat Reader )

Credit card orders may also be faxed directly to VitalChek for credit card acceptance at
1 (877) 550-7428

Email any questions you have to

Hope that answers your questions.