Florida Death Certificate Apostille


When you need to apostille a Florida death certificate, you will need to make sure to have a certified copy of the vital record beforehand. If you need to order one, your best bet is to go through the Florida Department of Health. Here's what their website says about obtaining one:


How to order a Florida Death Certificate


Who can request a Death Certificate?

WITHOUT CAUSE OF DEATH: Any person of legal age (18 or over) may apply for a certified copy of a death record without the cause of death. The first five digits of the decedent’s social security number will be redacted.


CAUSE OF DEATH INFORMATION: Death records less than 50 years old with the cause of death and full social security number are confidential and may only be issued to:

  • Decedent’s spouse or parent;

  • Decedent’s child, grandchild or sibling, if of legal age;

  • Any person who provides a will, insurance policy or other document that demonstrates his or her interest in the estate;

  • Any person who provides documentation that he or she is acting on behalf of any of the above-named persons;

  • By Court Order

VALID PHOTO IDENTIFICATION IS REQUIRED WHEN REQUESTING CAUSE OF DEATH.


If applicant is not one of the above, the application must be accompanied by a notarized Affidavit to Release Cause of Death Information (DH Form 1959) signed by one of the above, along with any supporting documentation and a copy of valid photo ID of both the person authorizing release and the applicant.


SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER (Section 119.071 Florida Statutes):

Social security numbers held by the Department of Health on death certificates are confidential and will only be issued to an eligible party requesting a confidential record, regardless of the date of death. Therefore, the first five digits of the decedent’s social security number will be redacted when issuing a public record request.


Ordering a Florida Death Certificate

Any person who willfully and knowingly provides any false information on a certificate, record or report required by Chapter 382, Florida Statutes, or on an application or affidavit, or who obtains confidential information from any Vital Record under false or fraudulent purposes, commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in Chapter 775, Florida Statutes.


Please note that limited deaths were recorded between 1877 and 1917

  • ORDER ONLINE WITH VITALCHEK

  • ORDER FROM FLORIDA BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTICS

  • ORDER FROM LOCAL COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENTS

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing. Email to VitalStats@flhealth.gov


Florida Death Certificate Apostille

There is no margin for error with the Authentication or Apostille process. If mistakes are made, both your time and money will be wasted and you'll have to start all over again. If you want to look into outsourcing this part of preparing to studying abroad to someone with experience, please email me at jared@apostillellc.com or call 848-467-7740 to request my services or learn more.

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