Florida Public Records

Florida actually has two freedom of information laws. The Florida Open Meetings Law, Fla. Stat. §286.011 et seq. states that any meeting of any governmental body where official acts will be taken is a public meeting and includes state agencies and their subdivisions as government bodies. The Florida Sunshine Law is more similar to other state freedom of information laws. The Florida Sunshine Law, Fla. Stat. § 119.01 et seq., establishes that the public has access to public records in Florida. It defines public records to include documents, papers, letters, maps, books, tapes, photographs, films, sound recordings, data processing software, and other material received pursuant to law or in connection to any official government business. There are more than 600 exemptions under the law.

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Public & Vital Records for Counties in Florida

More About Florida

Florida is the third-most populous state in the United States. It is the southernmost state on the East coast, and is also the easternmost state on the Gulf of Mexico. The population of Florida was estimated to be 20,612,439 in

  1. Florida is home to some large cities, including Miami, Orlando, and Jacksonville. It is a very popular tourist destination and is probably best known for its amusement parks, including the Disney and Universal theme parks in the Orlando area. Florida’s major industries include tourism, transportation and agriculture. It has a large population of non-natives, including a number of Cuban expatriates. If you need information on a Florida resident, remember that Florida public records will only contain information from the time they have been in Florida.

FL Vital Records

In Florida, there are five types of official vital statistics: birth, death, fetal death, marriage and dissolution of marriage. Dissolution of marriage records include divorce records as well as marriages dissolved by other means. They are all maintained by The Florida Department of Health Bureau of Vital Statistics.

Birth Records

In Florida, you can get birth records at the Florida Department of Health’s location in Jacksonville, request them through the mail, or order them online.

Death Records

In Florida, you can order death certificates online or request them by mail. You can also request them in person at the Florida Department of Health’s location in Jacksonville.

Marriage Records

In Florida, you can get marriage certificates at the Florida Department of Health’s Jacksonville location, through a request in the mail, or online.

Divorce Records

In Florida, you can get divorce records for divorces since 1926 from the Florida Department of Health, but divorces may take up to 60 days to become available. You can order the information online, request it in the mail, or seek it in person at the Jacksonville Department of Health location.

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