Storage of Florida Divorce Records has been assigned to the State Office of Vital Statistics under Florida Department of Health. All the states marriage and divorce records have been stored there since June 6, 1927 after a law was enacted for the centralization of marriage records and divorce records (officially called as the Dissolution of Marriage Records).
Florida is a big state, which means bigger population equals more records. With its rate of 6 divorce filed for every a thousand people, Florida has ranked amongst the worst states when it comes to divorce cases.
Florida Department of Health have recorded divorce records since 1927 up to the present. Getting a copy or copies of divorce records is easy since there are no restrictions. A fee of $5 and all the necessary information are all that’s needed. However, when your order has already been made or your request has already been sent to the office, the department will implement the “NO REFUNDS” policy. Even when the divorce records that you requested are not found in the files, the department will still not give a refund and will give out a certificate stating that the records you requested are not found in the department.
Request for these records can be made by sending a mail to the Bureau of Vital Statistics. Make a signed letter or an application form. Only a few but very important information needs to be found on your request. First, provide information about the records you want to obtain. Second, provide information about you, the sender. After providing all the information, mail it to the Bureau of Vital Statistics. In circumstances where the exact year of the divorce records is not indicated in the letter of request, you will be asked to specify a certain range of years where the search will be made. A fee of $2 for every year searched. Include range of years on initial request and include all other fees. A request for additional copies is also allowed at $4 each when requested at the same time.
Process of finding divorce records varies and depends on when you need them. Standard process takes 2 to 3 weeks. Request for a “RUSH” service takes 3 working days. And then there’s the Express delivery where your request is delivered overnight. The faster you want to get a hold of your divorce records, the more you have to pay.
Divorce records are hard to find. Although they are labelled as “public records”, they are not easy to gather. Databases of a certain state are not connected with the database of another state. That’s where commercial record keepers come in handy. They provide live databases that offer faster, easier and more convenient way of searching for divorce records. Al so these databases are always updated, making it reliable for searches.