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Divorce Certificates

Florida Department of Health in DeSoto County

Dissolution of Marriage

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The divorce you are requesting must have occurred in Florida.

After the divorcehas been recorded, the Clerk of Court sends a Report of Dissolution of Marriage to this office.  If the divorce was recently granted, it may take up to sixty (60) days to be received by this office from the Clerk of Court.  The divorce decree and other court papers remain on file at the Clerk's office.  If the current dissolution of marriage is less than sixty (60) days from the date of this application and you need evidence of the divorce for legal purposes, you may wish to contact the county where the Dissolution of Marriage was granted.

We have reports dating from June 6, 1927 to the present.  Any divorces prior to June 6, 1927 are obtainable from the Clerk of Court in the County where the divorce was granted. Our document is an abstract report and not the entire judgment of dissolution of marriage.  If you need the judgment, contact the Clerk of Court in the county where the divorce was granted.

The fee for a divorce report is $5.00 for one certification and $4.00 for each additional certification of the same record when ordered at the same time. No restrictions exist for ordering these records.  The fee is required for a search of our records and is non-refundable, even if the record requested is not located. In such a case, a certified "No Record Found" statement will be provided.   Duplicate copy fees for records "not found" may be refunded if the applicant sends a letter of request.

*Note: This page contains materials in the Portable Document Format (PDF). The free Adobe Reader may be required to view these files.

Application for Dissolution of Marriage - English (pdf 102K)

Application for Divorce and Annulment Record (Spanish 142kb pdf)

Application for Divorce or Annulment Record(Creole 139kb  pdf)

To order a divorcerecord by mail, provide a signed letter or application which includes the following information:

Information about the record being requested:

  1. Full names of the husband and wife, including wife's maiden name
  2. Date of the divorce
  3. City or county where divorce was granted

The name of the husband is required because divorce records are indexed under the name of the husband only.Information about the person making the request:

  1. full name, 
  2. mailing address, 
  3. telephone number where you can be reached during our office hours of 8:00AM to 5:00PM, Eastern Standard Time

Send a check or money order made out to "Vital Statistics"

Send your application or letter of request along with your payment in the form of check or money order to:
Bureau of Vital Statistics Attn: Vital Record Section Post Office Box 210 Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042     
If you are not sure of the date of the divorce, provide a range of years to be searched.

An additional fee of $2.00 is required for each additional year searched when included with your original request.

Add the extra search fee to your check or money order and indicate the additional years to be searched in your letter. Processing time is approximately 2 to 5 business days once we receive the request.

You may request "RUSH" processing service.

RUSH service will be processed within 1 to 2 business days of receipt of your request and mailed by first class mail.

If you are requesting "RUSH" service by mail you must also include an additional "RUSH" fee of $10.00 and mark the outside of your envelope  "RUSH". This fee does not affect delivery times.

Express Delivery

If you prefer overnight delivery of your vital records, provide a self-addressed, pre-paid express delivery envelope.

Express delivery is available only if a pre-paid self-addressed express delivery envelope has been provided by the client.