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Death Certificates

Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County

The Office of Vital Statistics in Palm Beach County can now assist in obtaining death certificates for any person who died in the State of Florida from 2009 to the present. To obtain a death certificate for a person who died prior to 2009 please contact the State Office:

Bureau of Vital Statistics
P.O. 210,
Jacksonville, FL 32231

904-359-6900, ext. 9000

For deaths outside of Florida contact the state where the death occurred.

If you are requesting the cause of death, you must explain your relationship to the person whose record you are requesting. If a relationship is not stated, you will be issued a certified copy excluding cause of death information.

By law, the death records, which include cause of death information, can only be issued to:

  • The decedent's immediate family or guardian (spouse, parent, and if of legal age child, grandchild, or sibling, next of kin or guardian)

  • To a representative (attorney, executor, physician, funeral director, insurance agent or anyone with power of attorney) as specifically authorized by the immediate family.

  • A stepchild, grandchild, grandparent or other relative of the deceased will qualify if such person provides documented proof of a direct financial interest in the cause of death

  • A court order requires issuance of cause of death. Cause of death information becomes public information 50 years following the death.

The fee for one death certificate is $15

To order a death certificate, download the application form and complete all the information.

  • Information about the person whose record is being requested:

    • Full name of the deceased person

    • Sex

    • Date of death

    • City of death

  • Information about the person making the request:

    • Full name

    • Relationship to the decedent, if requesting cause of death information, Photocopy of ID is required

You may order a certified copy of a birth, death or marriage record online using your credit card through our only approved internet ordering service VitalChek Network, Inc. ® or phone 1-800-364-8380

Send a check or money order made payable to:
Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County
"Do not Send Cash"

Send the information described above along with the fee to:
Office of Vital Statistics
800 Clematis Street - 1st floor
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County does not accept credit cards for online orders; however, for your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network, Inc. VitalChek can be reached either through its website, www.vitalchek.com, or by phone at 1-800-255-2414. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa.