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Florida Public RecordsFlorida is an open record state with a rich history and many options for requesting and obtaining various records. However, there are restrictions on vital records, which include birth and death records. However, Florida marriage records and divorce records have no restrictions in place and may be requested by anyone. The Florida Department of Health satisfies requests for these Florida public records, although local health departments can also fulfill in-person requests for events in that county. Florida public records that are not restricted are court records, which are available from the specific Circuit Court that handled the civil or criminal case. Some Circuit Courts offer online access to cases, but this depends on the county. To request Florida criminal records, contact the Department of Law Enforcement, which offers online name-based searches to the public for a fee. To access historic Florida military records, vital records and cemetery records, visit the State Archives.

  • Florida birth records, as well as death records with the cause of death listed, are restricted to authorized recipients. These Florida public records, plus marriage and divorce records, can be requested from the Department of Health in person or by mail.
  • Florida court records can be viewed through the Circuit Court that handled the case. Certain counties offer free online access to court records.
  • Request any individual’s Florida criminal records using the online search tool provided by the Department of Law Enforcement. This tool is fee-based.
  • Research historic Florida military records, vital and cemetery records, and obituaries from the State Archives in Tallahassee. Limited search requests are accepted by phone, mail or email.
  • About Florida Public Records

    Although Florida restricts access to birth and death records for privacy reasons and to prevent identity theft, there are certain exceptions. Florida death records that don’t list a cause of death are unrestricted and available to the public. Only death records with the cause of death listed are restricted to immediate family members or legal representatives. Florida birth records can be released to a third party if permission is granted from the person of record, immediate family member or through a court order. Historic birth records stored at the State Archives are public record and can be searched by anyone.

    Other Florida public records, like marriage and divorce records, are not restricted. Anyone may request these from the Department of Health, although these are also maintained locally by the Clerk of Court where the event occurred. Also, any Florida marriage records or divorce records before 1927 are only stored at local Clerks of Court and aren’t part of the state repository of vital records.

    Searching Florida Online Public Records Free

    Florida court records are another important resource for many researchers. Access includes both civil and criminal court records as well as divorce records. Although there is no central court database that provides online access to these Florida court records, many counties offer Florida online public records free. For example, the Circuit Court of Orange and Osceola Counties offers online public access to many of their court records. These free services are similarly offered in many other counties.

    Although online public records in Florida include access to criminal records through the Department of Law Enforcement, this service requires a fee. Another way is to perform a criminal records search of various courts online for free is to find past and pending criminal records. The Department of Law Enforcement only makes conviction information available to the public.

    Performing a Public Records Search in Florida

    The Florida State Archives is a valuable source of historic records for anyone interested in Florida’s past or in performing genealogy research. Available to the public are collections of Florida military records pertaining to the Seminole Wars, Indian Wars, Mexican War, Revolutionary War and Civil War, just to name a few resources. A public records search for Florida vital records will yield multiple birth, death and marriage records indexes. These are all available to search and copy.

    A Florida public records search through the Archives will also yield burial and cemetery records throughout the state. These are all valuable resources for those researching family history. Some of the Florida cemetery records are directly related to military burials, which is a helpful and specific type of records. The State Archives welcomes visitors and doesn’t charge a research fee, unless copies or research is requested remotely for those who can’t visit in person.



     
    State of Florida Resources & Statistics
    Separator Line

    Population:
    18,340,328

     
    Under 18:
    4,560,043

     
    Over 65:
    3,364,098

     
    Employed:
    10,966,521

     
    Land in Square Miles:
    53,926.82

     
    Acres of Farms:
    10,877,414

     
    Births:
    226,240

     
    Deaths:
    170,791

     
    Infant Deaths:
    1,586

     
     
    Murder:
    1,168

     
    Forcible Rape:
    5,972

     
    Robbery:
    36,273

     
    Assault:
    82,852

     
    Total Violent Crime:
    126,265

     
    Burglary:
    188,467

     
    Larceny \ Theft:
    506,958

     
    Motor Vehicle Theft:
    63,656

     
    Total Property Crime:
    758,934

     
    Florida Public Records Locations
    DHSMV-
    Crash Records-MS-28
    2900 Apalachee Parkway
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-0537
    Phone:
    850-617-3416

    Fax:
    850-617-5134










    Attorney General's Office
    Legal Affairs Department
    The Capitol, PL-01
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050
     
    850-487-1963

    Fax:
    850-410-1630










     
    Department of Health
    State Office of Vital Statistics
    PO Box 210
    Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042
    Phone:
    904-359-6900 Ext. 9000

    Fax:
    904-359-6633










    Division of Corporations
    Department of State
    PO Box 6327
    Tallahassee, FL 32314









     
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    User Services Bureau/Public Records
    PO Box 1489
    Tallahassee, FL 32302
    Phone:
    850-410-8109

     
    850-410-8107

    Fax:
    850-410-8201










    Department of Health
    State Office of Vital Statistics
    PO Box 210
    Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042
    Phone:
    904-359-6900 Ext. 9000

    Fax:
    904-359-6633










     
    Department of Health
    State Office of Vital Statistics
    PO Box 210
    Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042
    Phone:
    904-359-6900 Ext. 9000

     
    877-550-7330

    Fax:
    904-359-6633










    Division of Drivers Licenses
    Bureau of Records
    PO Box 5775
    Tallahassee, FL 32314-5775
    Phone:
    850-617-2000










     
    GED Transcripts/Certificates
    325 W Gaines St Rm 634
    Tallahassee, FL 32399
    Phone:
    850-245-0449

    Fax:
    850-245-0990










    Governor's Office
    The Capitol - PL05,400 S Monroe St
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
    Phone:
    850-488-4441

    Fax:
    850-487-0801










     
    Fish & Wildlife Cons. Comm.
    Licensing & Permit Board
    2590 Executive Center Circle, #200
    Tallahassee, FL 32301
    Phone:
    850-488-3641

    Fax:
    850-414-8212










    Florida Department of Corrections
    Central Records Office
    2601 Blair Stone Rd
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-2500
    Phone:
    850-488-2533

    Fax:
    850-413-8302

    Records:
    850-488-1503










     
    Office of Legislative Services
    Division of Legislative Information Services
    111 W Madison St, Pepper Bldg, Rm 704
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1400
    Phone:
    850-488-4371

    Fax:
    850-921-5334










    Department of Health
    State Office of Vital Statistics
    PO Box 210
    Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042
    Phone:
    904-359-6900 Ext. 9000

     
    877-550-7330

    Fax:
    904-359-6633










     
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    Offender Registration and Tracking Svcs
    PO Box 1489
    Tallahassee, FL 32302
    Phone:
    888-357-7332

     
    850-410-8572

    Fax:
    850-410-8599










    Library & Information Services Division
    Archives & Records
    R A Gray Bldg, 500 S Bronough
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250
    Phone:
    850-245-6700

    Fax:
    850-488-4894










     
    State Courts Administrator
    500 S Duval
    Supreme Court Bldg
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1900
    Phone:
    850-922-5081

    Fax:
    850-488-0156










    UCC Filings
    FLORIDAUCC, Inc
    PO Box 5588
    Tallahassee, FL 32314
    Phone:
    850-222-8526










     
    Division of Motor Vehicles
    Information Research Unit - MS73
    Neil Kirkman Bldg, A-126
    Tallahassee, FL 32399
    Phone:
    850-617-2000

     
    850-617-3001

    Fax:
    850-488-8983










    Dept of State - Division of Elections
    500 South Bronough St
    RA Gray Building, Room 316
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250
    Phone:
    850-245-6200

    Fax:
    850-245-6217










     
    Workers Compensation Division
    Data Quality Section
    200 E Gaines St
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-4226
    Phone:
    850-413-1607

    Fax:
    850-414-7341