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How do you access Florida divorce records?

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The Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics provides public divorce records for $5 for a certified copy. Each additional certified copy of the same divorce record is $4 per copy. The fees are levied per search and are charged even if no record is found in the search.

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The Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics has public divorce records dating back to June 6, 1927. Florida's Bureau of Vital Statistics receives public divorce records from the clerk of a district court. The bureau cautions those looking for public records that it can take up to 60 days to receive these records from the clerk, so records of divorces that have just occurred might not be available right away. If records are needed before the 60-day period, a petition can be made directly to the court in the county the divorce occurred in order to expedite the process.

The record made available at the bureau of statistics is not the complete dissolution-of-marriage report. If a person needs the complete report, he should contact the clerk of the county court where the divorce was granted. The court might refuse to release records without proof the complete report is needed.

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