How to Obtain Divorce Certificates in Florida?
When you get a divorce, you may not think about it, but you sometimes need a copy of your divorce certificate to verify your marital status, name change, and identity. Insurance companies, government agencies, and legal documents sometimes require a certified copy. To obtain one, you must follow the process below.
If you were divorced less than sixty days ago, then you will have to visit the courthouse where your divorce was finalized. Otherwise, you need to contact the Florida Department of Health to obtain a copy of your divorce decree. If you were divorced before 1927, you would have to contact the courthouse as well.
You can download the form here to request a copy of your divorce record. You must fill it out completely and then mail it back to the office below. You will need the following information to request the record:
- Full names of both parties (including maiden names).
- Date of the divorce.
- City or county where the divorce was processed.
You will also need to provide your name, address, and phone number.
Send your request with payment to:
Bureau of Vital Statistics
Attn: Vital Record Section
Post Office Box 210
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042
If you do not have the exact date of the divorce, you can request that they search a range of years.
If you need expedited service put “RUSH” on your request in bold letters and make the outside of your envelope with the same “RUSH.” You must also include an additional $10 with your fees.
The fee for the first certified copy is $5 and then $4 for each additional copy requested. This fee is non-refundable as a search fee to locate the record. If your divorce record is not found, you will receive a document stating “no record found.”
The fees can be paid by money order or check, payable to “Vital Statistics.”
For each year you want to be searched, an additional $2 fee will be applied. You must include this extra money when you send in your request.