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Vital Statistics - Death Certificate Forms & Additional Information
Note: The Application for Death Certificate form can be easily completed online using your computer and then printed for submission.
Application for Death Certificate - (PDF - 145 kb)
OPTIONS FOR EXPEDITED SERVICES (Only Available for Mailed Applications):
Expedited Processing Fee: If you want to have your application expedited, please submit your application with an envelope marked
EXPEDITE with the $10.00 expedited processing fee enclosed. If the record and application are complete and in order, the
application will be processed and the certificate(s) mailed via U.S. Mail the next business day. Normal processing time is 7 to 15
Overnight Delivery Fee: If you would like to have your certificate(s) returned to you via Overnight Delivery, please include an additional $10.00 Overnight Delivery Fee with your application and $10.00 expedited processing fee, for a total of $20.00. If the
record and application are complete and in order, the application will be processed and the certificate(s) sent via an Overnight
Delivery carrier by the next business day.
This office only has death records for Volusia County. The years available are 2003 to present. If the death occurred before 2003, please go to the following link: http://www.doh.state.fl.us/planning_eval/vital_statistics/deaths.htm
If the death occurred in another county in Florida, please go to the following link: http://www.doh.state.fl.us/chdsitelist.htm
If the death occurred in another state, please go to the following link to obtain address information to order the certificate: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm
Death certificates are public record. Anyone may obtain certified copies without the cause of death information.
By law, certified copies of the death certificate which includes the cause of death may only be issued to the decedent's spouse, parent, and (if of legal age) child, grandchild or sibling or any one who provides a will, insurance policy or other document that demonstrates their interest in the estate of the decedent or anyone who provides documentation that he or she is acting on the behalf of any of the previously mentioned persons, or by court order.
If you are a beneficiary on a life insurance policy, a certificate will be issued to you with the cause of death provided the following is supplied with your request and payment. The life insurance policy must name the applicant as beneficiary. This may be in the form of a copy of the policy or a letter from the insurance provider stating the applicant is a beneficiary of the registrant's insurance policy and dated or has been updated within one year.
If you are requesting the cause of death, you must state your relationship to the deceased. If a relationship is not stated, you will be issued a certified copy without the cause of death information.
The cause of death becomes public information after 50 years from the date of death. By Florida law, the cause of death is considered confidential prior to that time.
The cause of death information is not needed for:
- Credit Card Companies
- Property Claims
- Title Companies
- Vehicle Title Transfers
Page last updated: 04/30/13