Also known as the Sunshine State, Florida is one of the most visited places in the world. Its tropical climate is also a come-on for many who are looking to build second homes. To them, the fact that Florida is the 4th most populous state in the US is not a big issue. Yes, it’s going to be interesting meeting a lot of new people; but it’s also going to be quite easy to perform a background check on a person you just met. For one, you can always request for access to Florida public records.
The Bureau of Vital Statistics of Florida’s Department of Health is the right office to contact if you want to obtain public dossiers. You will need to comply with some requirements and follow some rules, but these are nothing difficult to do. If you’re willing to follow rules and adhere to requirements, you won’t have any problems.
If you want to get a copy of birth records in Florida, the Bureau of Vital Statistics will require you to submit a letter of application or request that contains your signature. You should also indicate your relationship with the record holder, or your eligibility (for access to certified public records) status. Additionally, you should submit your valid photo ID or state ID. Use a self-addressed stamped envelope when submitting these requirements. Also, be prepared to pay $9.00 for every record search. Birth records kept in the Bureau of Vital Statistics date back to April 1865. There are more records, though, that go back to January 1917.
Other public records in Florida – like marriage, death, and divorce dossiers – are also available through the Bureau of Vital Statistics. Marriage records go back to as early as June 6, 1927. The requirements are the same, but the fee is pegged at $5 per record. Death records also cost $5 each, but majority of the records available are those from January 1917. There are, however, some files that go back to as early as 1877.
Aside from Florida public records, you will also find divorce records at the Bureau of Vital Statistics. The earliest records you’ll find there are dates June 6, 1927 and the fee for every request is $5. If you need an additional copy on the same day that you made your original request, you will have to pay an extra $4 per record. This additional payment is true for all public dossiers you request for in Florida. If you need to obtain a copy of criminal records, you will have to address your request to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, better known as FDLE. The office requires a $24 payment for each record even if the dossier you need cannot be located or found. You can submit your request and your payment by mail or through the FDLE’s Computerized Criminal History system.
A better, more efficient and practical way of accessing public records in Florida is through the help of an online record provider. An independent record provider has a database that’s as comprehensive as you can hope it can be. The database is available for access 24/7, anywhere where there’s Internet connection. As a result of this, you will be able to get hold of the record you need after only a few minutes. Thus, you get speed and efficiency. Using the services of an online record provider is also the most practical option because you won’t need to keep paying for every request. You only need to pay once, and the fee is of a minimal amount. And in exchange for this small one-time payment, you’ll have unlimited access to their database. That means you can search for any public dossier you need anytime you want to, without spending anything! Now, that’s what’s called a “good deal”!