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Birth Certificates

Office of Vital Statistics

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To protect the privacy of sensitive information and to prevent identity theft, birth certificates are not public records.  Most often, copies of birth certificates are required for identification, to prove citizenship or other purposes such as obtaining a passport or driver’s license, enrolling in school, or applying for federal assistance or other benefits.

For birth certificates from another state, visit National Center for Health Statistics.

Who can obtain a copy of a birth certificate?

To protect the privacy of sensitive information and to prevent identity theft, birth certificates are not public records. As required by state law, access to birth certificates is restricted to the following:

  • Individuals 18 years and older requesting their own birth certificate
  • Parents listed on the birth certificate
  • Guardians who present court documents showing legal custody
  • Attorneys representing children or adolescents under 18.  (They must also provide documentation.)

If the registrant is deceased, upon receipt of the death certificate, a birth certificate can be issued to the parent, spouse, child, grandchild, or sibling (if of legal age), or a legal representative of any of these persons.

 What is the Fee for a Birth Certificate?

$15.00 for each certified copy.

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We are here to help!  If you have any questions, please call DOH - St. Johns.

More information about Birth Certificates is available from the Florida Department of Health.

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