Our Vital Statistics offices in Polk County can issue certificates for deaths that occurred in the state of Florida from 2009 to present.
If the death occurred before 2009, please visit: Florida Department of Health Certificates and Registries
If the death occurred in another state than Florida, please go to the following link to obtain address information to order the certificate: http:www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm
The cause of death on a Florida death certificate is not public record; proof of identity is required to prove eligibility to receive a death certificate with the cause of death. Acceptable forms of identification are a state issued Driver’s License, State issued ID Card, U.S. Passport, or Military ID Card. Expired forms of identification will not be accepted. Applications must include a copy of a valid form of identification.
Death certificates with the cause of death can only be issued to the spouse named on the record, a child or sibling of the deceased if of legal age (18), a parent of the deceased, the beneficiary of the deceased person's life insurance policy (must provide documentation); or Estate administrator (must provide documentation).
Anyone of legal age may request a copy of a Death Certificate without the cause of death showing on the certificate.
The fee for each certified copy of a Florida death record is $10.00 each.
Obtaining a Death Certificate
IN PERSON - same day service is usually available from both locations. You will need your valid identification and cash or credit for payment. (All major credit cards are accepted). In most cases you will only have to wait 10 to 15 minutes to receive your death certificate.
We offer two locations in Polk County:
Bartow Vital Statistics Office
Bartow Administration Building
1290 Golfview Ave
Bartow, FL 33830
Lakeland Vital Statistics Office
(This office may close unexpectedly, so please call before visiting.)
Lakeland Health Clinic
3241 Lakeland Hills Blvd
Lakeland, FL 33805
BY MAIL - you may use the application form provided below or write your own letter with all the information needed on the application: A copy of your valid driver's license or ID card, front and back, must also be sent with your request along with payment. Mail your application to the attention of Vital Statistics at 1290 Golfview Avenue, Bartow Florida 33830. Make money orders or cashier's checks payable to FDHPC. Mail requests are processed and mailed within 2 business days.
Download an Application
Death Certificate Application (PDF - opens in new window)