The state of Florida has issued computer-generated birth certificates, complete with the embossed state seal since the mid 1980s. There are three different ways to receive a copy of your official state of Florida birth certificate if you are a Florida native and were born after 1917. You can order your online copy, send off for a copy, or walk into a Florida Department of Health to get a replacement copy of your Florida birth certificate.
The Online Option
The state of Florida has an ongoing relationship with VitalChek, the leading internet vital records provider. This is a practical way that Florida provides a safe and effective way of obtaining a replacement for your records. You can access your Florida birth certificate online at www.vitalchek.com. Fill in the pertinent information that proves identity, verify your method of payment, and submit. Just that easily, you have requested a replacement of your Florida birth certificate. Make sure that you have proper proof of identification first.
The cost involved in ordering online is $12 plus an express fee if you choose to expedite your request. This method allows you to pay via credit card, debit card or electronic check. Of course you must have supporting documentation of proof of identity to process your order. You need to be the person whose name is listed on the birth certificate or the parent or guardian of the person listed on the birth certificate. You must have a valid, unexpired state or government identification card. If you are trying to obtain a replacement for someone else, you have to have a notarized letter from that person tendering permission for you to obtain a copy of his or her birth certificate.
Going To the Office
You also have the option to visit any Florida Department of Health office to request a computerized copy of your replacement birth certificate. You must have a signed request or a completed application to proceed with getting a computerized copy at that point. You can access all the information that you need to have before you go in at www.doh.state.fl.us so that you are prepared when you get there. A computerized copy of your replacement birth certificate will cost you $9.00 and will take approximately 2 hours to complete. The fee is payable by check, money order, credit or debit card.
The final option for you to get a copy of a replacement birth certificate is to order it by mail. You can order via express mail, rush mail or standard mail. You must complete a form that you have obtained either online or in person and submit a copy a valid photo ID that proves you are the person named on the birth certificate. The state of Florida stresses that you not send any original documents. If you are the parent of the person named on the birth certificate, you must submit a valid form of ID for the person listed on the birth certificate (a social security card) and a copy of your own valid photo ID. If you are the representative of a person requesting a replacement birth certificate, you will also need a notarized letter with that person’s signature included authorizing you to get a copy of their birth certificate. There are no additional fees if you have your replacement sent via standard mail. Rush delivery will cost you an extra $10.00. Express mail will cost you the extra $10.00, plus the cost of an express mail envelope. Requests can be faxed in, mailed or dropped off at Bureau of Vital Statistics Attn: Customer Services P.O. Box 210 Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042. You should allow 3-4 business days for standard delivery and 1-2 business days for rush or express delivery.
While getting a replacement birth certificate in the state of Florida is fairly easy and safe, turn around time is completely dependent on you and how soon you need a copy of your birth certificate. If you need it immediately, order it online. If you have some time, you can visit the Florida Department of Health or order your birth certificate by mail. Any way that you choose to obtain a copy of a replacement birth certificate make sure you have everything that you need when you begin. Visit www.doh.state.fl.us to make sure you have everything you need.