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St. Lucie Public Records
St. Lucie County in Florida is part of the Treasure Coast, so named after a Spanish ship supposedly treasure-laden sank off their coast in 1715. St. Lucie County offers the public a variety of information sources. The Clerk of Circuit Court holds all court records, marriage and divorce records, and military discharges. Also included in St. Lucie County public records are birth and death records, which can be requested from the local health department.
Although criminal court records can be searched through the Clerk of Circuit Court, anyone may contact the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and obtain statewide criminal records. St. Lucie public records also available include historic cemetery records and obituaries. These can be viewed at the Fort Pierce Public Library.
About St. Lucie County Public Records
Florida is mostly an open records state, although access to birth and death records is restricted due to privacy laws and identity theft. However, birth records become public record after 100 years and death records are accessible after 50 years. These Florida public records are available locally. Authorized recipients include the person of record, a family member or someone with a court order. Death records without a cause of death listed are immediately part of public records in St. Lucie County.
Free Public Records Online in St. Lucie County
The Clerk of Circuit Court holds court records, marriage and divorce records, and military discharge records. All but marriage records can be searched using an online public access portal. However, these are the only free public records online in St. Lucie County. Any other online public records require a fee to access. If older court records are needed, usually prior to 1990, these must be requested by mail or in person at the Clerk of Circuit Court’s office.
Perform a St. Lucie County Public Records Search
The Fort Pierce Public Library is a great source for genealogical records. A historic public records search for St. Lucie County, FL should include this resource. Available are St. Lucie County cemetery records and obituaries. There is no fee either unless copies are needed.