Florida birth records are on file from 1917 in the State archives. There are some limited records available that date to 1865, but record keeping was sparse at this time.
Florida birth records can be ordered through the mail, in person or through their Internet site. They no longer offer a walk in service. Florida birth records are available to only those who are listed on the record, or an immediate family member of the listed person. Proof of relationship is required before you will be granted a birth record.
Florida birth records become part of public information after one hundred years. At this time, a birth record can be requested from anybody for any purpose.
Florida death records are on file with the State from the year 1927; however some cities like Key West started keeping records of death as early as 1865. Florida offers two types of death records to the public; a ‘without cause of death’ and a ‘with cause of death’.
Anybody may order a Florida death record without the cause of death on it for privacy reason. A Florida death record that lists the cause of death is only issued to the deceased spouse, parent, child, grandchild, adult sibling or a legal representative.
With cause death records are help confidential until after fifty years. After this time period the Florida death record becomes public information and open to anybody.