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Death Certificates

Florida Department of Health in Volusia County Vital Statistics

Death Certificate Fees (All Florida Counties - from 2009 to present) $8 each certified copy


Application for Death Certificate

This office can issue death records for all Florida Counties. The years available are 2009 to present. If the death occurred before 2009, you can request the record from the Florida Department of Health website.

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
  • Probate
  • Property Claims
  • Taxes
  • Title Companies
  • Vehicle Title Transfers