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
Death certificates are only available for a person who died in Polk County within the last 10 years.
Cost: $10.00 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.
Click Here To Order Birth & Death Certificates Online
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.
Please contact the Bartow location for more information.
Who is eligible?
Birth certificates can be issued to the following people:
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.