Florida Birth Records Search

Florida’s Bureau of Vital Statistics maintains and handles all Florida birth records for the state. Florida started retaining birth records in 1917 but have some records dating back to 1865. You can quickly perform a Florida birth records search and get a copy of yours by following their simple process.

First, Florida birth records are private, and you may only obtain a copy of yours if you are: you, if you are 18 or older, your parents, legal guardian or your legal representative with authorization from you.

When applying for a Florida birth record search, you must also prove your identity with a driver’s license, passport, state ID card or military ID.

To fill out the application you will need the following information: full name of the child, date of birth, gender, place of birth, hospital, city and county of birth: mother’s full name including maiden name and father’s full name.

You will also have to pay a non-refundable fee when applying. If you are ordering for someone other than yourself, you will have to prove your identity, and relationship to the person on record.

Types of Florida Birth Records

Florida offers a few different types of birth records for you to choose from.

  • Computer Certification - a Florida-issued computer certification is an official copy of your birth certificate with a seal imprinted onto it. This document is legal to use for all government and identity verification purposes.
  • Photocopy Certification - a photocopy certification is an official, approved document for verification of identity but takes more time for processing.
  • Commemorative Certification - a commemorative certification is not to be used for legal or identity verification purposes. It is for decorative and informational purposes only.

Florida Population

Florida’s current population is just over 21.31 million people. Florida is the 4th fastest growing state in the country. It has a surface area of 65,755 square miles and a population density of 353.4 people per square mile, making them the eight most densely populated state. The state became a U.S. territory in 1822, after being transferred to the U.S. from Spanish possession in 1821.

State Population
1 birth every 141 seconds

1 death every 212 seconds

Population change from 2010-2016

Population by Gender

There are more women than men in Florida. The total population of Florida is estimated at 20,656,589 people with 10,098,346 male and 10,558,243 female. There are 459,897 more more women than men in the state, which is 51.11% of the total population.

The Florida Gender Ratio is 96 men to 100 women (99:100) or 0.96. State’s gender ratio is lower than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.

Gender ratio in 2016


Total population in 2016


Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016

Florida Birth Statistics

The state's birth rate decreased to 10.28 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 225,022 total births — the lowest in Florida history, and lower than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 225,022, 5.70% of the number of nationwide registered births.

State Birth Rate

Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Florida

Top 5 states with a lower birth rate than Florida Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than Florida
Connecticut - 9.29North Carolina - 12.09
Vermont - 9.35Kansas - 13.05
Massachusetts - 9.74Montana - 11.45
Maine - 9.84Pennsylvania - 10.51
Rhode Island - 9.04Utah - 16.47

Top 5 Counties in Florida with the lowest/highest Birth Rate

Top 5 counties in Florida with the lowest birth rate Top 5 counties in Florida with the highest birth rate
Sarasota County - 7.09Duval County - 14.35
Citrus County - 7.41Okaloosa County - 13.84
Martin County - 8.02Osceola County - 12.88
Indian River County - 8.21Bay County - 12.74
Hernando County - 8.67Orange County - 12.67

Florida Fertility Rate

In Florida the fertility rate based on historical data went from 60.26 to 59.36 from 2010-2016, and currently is lower than the crude fertility rate of the US - 59.67 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 27.33 to 28.38.

State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother

Fertility Rate By County

The top reproductive counties of Florida are Okaloosa - 74.65, Bay - 69.31 and Duval - 68.51. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:

County Fertility rate
Escambia County65.29
Marion County64.75
Collier County64.06
Polk County63.63
Santa Rosa County62.7
Citrus County62.33
Martin County61.41
Osceola County61.41
Lake County61.2
Broward County60.79
Palm Beach County60.74
Miami-Dade County60.32
Indian River County60.04
Lee County59.79
Hillsborough County59.72
Manatee County59.08
Pasco County59.04
Volusia County58.16
Brevard County57.77
Hernando County57.09
Sarasota County56.03
Clay County55.62
Orange County55.56
Pinellas County53.72
Charlotte County53.15
St. Johns County52.51
Seminole County51.63
Alachua County42.65
Leon County39.34

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain a Florida Birth Certificate

Florida offers walk-in service for birth records searches between the hours 8:00 am and 4:30 pm at the Bureau of Vital Statistics 1217 Pearl Street, Jacksonville, Florida.

The fee for a computer certification is $9 and takes 4-6 days for processing. If you want the photocopy certification, it will cost you an additional $5 and take ten days for processing. You can order rush service for an extra $10 if you want. Commemorative certificates cost $34 and are signed by the Governor. This type of certification will take 4-6 weeks for processing.

You can also mail in your completed application and verification of identity with payment to:

  • P.O. BOX 210,
  • Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042

Florida Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $9.00
Organization: Department of Health; Bureau of Vital Statistics
Address:P.O. Box 210; 1217 Pearl Street (Zip 32202), Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042
Remarks: The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder in the county where the event occurred. A personal check or money order should be made payable to CDPH Vital Records. Please do not send cash. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (916) 445-2684. This will be a recorded message, with an option to talk to a customer service representative. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Florida Department of Public Health website. In order to obtain a Certified Copy you MUST complete the sworn statement included with the birth certificate application form, sign the statement under penalty of perjury and, your sworn statement must be notarized. If your request indicates that you want a Certified Copy but does not include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will be rejected as incomplete and returned to you without being processed. If you request a Certified Informational Copy of the record, a notarized sworn statement is not required. Please refer to the CDPH website for further information about Informational Copies. Effective November 1, 2013, CDPH - Vital Records is no longer embossing certified copies of records.