In Florida, your personal records can mean the difference between getting a job or not or even what schools will accept you. You need to have your public records available for not only your passport, employment, and insurance, but also for schools and college.
The Office of Vital Statistics is on charge of the most important part of any of these processes, your birth certificate. They are also in charge of death records, marriage records and divorce records. The office in charge of Florida’s Public Vital records currently maintains around 21.5 million records.
When ordering or requesting a birth certificate you must include a copy of a valid photo I.D. If you are the child on the record you must be at least 18, otherwise you need to either have a court order or be the guardian whose name is represented on the certificate. Please also be sure to bring one of the following:
• A Valid photo I.D.
• Your passport
• Proof of citizenship
To contact the Office of Vital Statistics and request your records:
By Mail – The mailing address is:
Office of Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 210
If you wish to go in person:
The Office Location is:
1217 Pearl Street
Walk-in service hours of availability are: Monday-Friday, 8:00a.m. – 4:30p.m.
Electronically: You are also able to e-mail at VitalStats@doh.state.fl.us to request your information although this is not secure.
By phone: To contact the Office of Vital Statistics by phone the number is (904) 359-6900. If you wish to fax your request, you may do so by this number: (904) 359-6931