What Services are available?
Certified copies of birth and death certificates are available through the Vital Statistics offices located in Bartow and Lakeland.
Birth certificates are available for anyone born in the state of Florida from 1917 to the present.
Cost: $15.00 Additional Copies: $5.00 each
- 2001-2008 death certificates are available for persons who died in Polk County
- 2009-present death certificates are available for persons who died anywhere in the State of Florida
Cost: $10 Additional Copies: $10.00 each
Ordering Vital Records Online
Vital record certificates can be ordered online using a credit card through VitalChek. VitalChek charges an additional fee for providing this service.
Please note: Polk County Health Department does not accept credit cards for online orders. However, for your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service, VitalChek Network, Inc. VitalChek can be reached either through its website, http://www.vitalchek.com/, or by phone at 1-877-550-7330. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®.
When & Where can I get a birth/death certificate?
Please visit our locations page to view information on the location nearest to you.
Applications for birth and death certificates are available by clicking on the proper link below.
Print and complete the application and mail to the Vital Statistics office in Bartow. You may also hand deliver it to the Vital Statistics office located in Bartow or Lakeland.
Make checks or money orders payable to:
Florida Department of Health in Polk County or FDHPC.
Please direct all mail to the Bartow Office at:
Vital Statistics Office
1290 Golfview Ave
Bartow, FL 33830
Who is eligible?
Birth certificates can be issued to the following people:
- Persons 18 years of age or older
- Parents or legal guardians (must provide court order showing legal guardianship.)
Death certificates without cause of death listed can be issued to anyone 18 years of age or older.
Death certificates with cause of death listed can be issued to immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, or sibling) 18 years of age or older.
To obtain a birth or death certificate, you must present photo identification. If bringing a copy of identification please bring a copy of both the front and back.