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Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller: Property deeds, marriage licenses and other official record filings. This is an online database that you can search. Very useful!

Palm Beach Health Department: Order birth and death certificates

MyFloridaCounty.com: Death Certificates (1968-now) and Marriage Records (1968-now), and other records.

Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records in Florida prepared by The Florida Historical Records Survey, Division of Community Service Programs, Work Projects Administration, Feb. 1941 - Table of Contents (pages Cover through 40) (pages 41-73)

About Florida Vital Records

Florida birth certificates are confidential and can only issued to the registrant, if of legal age (18), parent, guardian, legal representative or upon court order. Birth certificates become public record after 100 years following the birth. If you are the registrant, or legal representative, birth certificates are available for persons born in the state of Florida for the years 1930 through the present. If you were born before 1930 you must apply through the State Office of Vital Statistics.

If they were born prior to 1930 then they may be found on the US Census for Palm Beach County. If you do not have access to the US Census then request a lookup via this site. (See Lookup Page).

If the person died in Palm Beach County and their burial information can be found, the grave marker may provide a date of birth. Their death certificate would also provide birth date and state.

Florida death certificates: Death registration was not required by state law until 1917, however there are some records on file at the State Office of Vital Statistics dating back to 1877. Any person of legal age (18) may be issued a certified copy of a death record without the cause of death.

Probate Documents - a good source for information on family members.

Military Discharge/Separation: DD214 is the identification number for the United States Department of Defense Certificate of Discharge from Active Duty. Because this document is required for virtually all interaction with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it is often considered by servicemen to be one of the most important personnel documents in the military. The DD214 form contains an official record of a servicemember's service dates, sorted by location, and in what capacity they served. It contains records of all authorized awards, ribbons, medals, ranks and promotions, any combat service or overseas service, and Military Occupational Specialty identifiers. DD214s are often filed and recorded with the county.

Marriage Records: Although you can not view the marriage license online, you can see the date it was issued, the bride and groom names, and get information to order it. Go to the Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller. Document type code is MAR.

How to Order Florida Vital Records

The Official Records Ordering Service at MyFloridaCounty.com enables you to order documents from Florida County Clerk Offices. You may choose for the documents to be shipped via regular US Mail, Fax, and Overnight/Expedited Delivery.

You may search for Official Records using a variety of methods. After submitting your search criteria (such as name, county, or date range), the service will produce a list of all possible results that match your search criteria. 

From the results, you may then select the Official Record(s) you would like to order, the quantity, whether it should be certified, and the shipping method. 

Your request will be immediately transmitted to the appropriate County Clerk Office for processing. The Clerk Offices typically process orders within 2 business days including fax orders. 

An Order Confirmation will be emailed to you immediately after placing your order. An Order Receipt will be emailed to you as each County Clerk(s) ships your order. 

Two options are available for payments. You may set up a which offers monthly billing or you may instantly pay using MasterCard or Visa. 

The Official Record Ordering Service is offered to you by Florida's Clerks of Court.

Palm Beach County Vital Records Available for Viewing on the Internet

Some records (depending on the type and age) can be viewed at the Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller website. Effective June 5, 2002, some Official Records documents may not be placed on a publicly available Internet website. These documents are: Military Discharges, Death Certificates, Court Files, Records, or Papers related to matters or cases governed by the Florida Rules of Family Law, The Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure, or The Florida Rules of Probate.

Denise Wells,
Feb 26, 2011, 9:25 AM
Denise Wells,
Feb 26, 2011, 9:24 AM