Florida, known as the Sunshine State, is one the US states that follows the Freedom of Information Act. Under this act, all states are required to provide vital records access to the public. This is an important matter for a lot of people because it gives them the freedom to find information about an individual, especially those they have met only recently. Doing a background check on a person is one way of ensuring your safety in an unpredictable world and in a society that’s not really safe anymore. Everytime you meet someone for the first time, you always wonder if he’s telling you the truth about himself or not. So it’s always best to stay on the safe side by performing a background check, which is quite easy to do. When obtaining divorce records, for example, the first thing you need to know is find the right office to approach. This is then where you begin the process of your Florida Public Divorce Records request.
In the Sunshine State, the main repository of public records is the Bureau of Vital Statistics, which operates under the Department of Health. The said office keeps divorce records that date back to June 6, 1927, as well as current dossiers, of course.
Each time you make a request, you are required to pay a $5 fee. However, if you do not know or are not certain about the exact date of the divorce, you will have to pay a $5 fee for the first year that’s searched and an additional $2 fee for every succeeding year searched. You can search for records spanning up to two and a half years, more or less – or an equivalent of $50 for the total additional search. You can also request for a copy (or copies) of the record you requested, but you’ll have to submit this request along with the original one. And you’ll have to pay $4 for every additional copy you request. Pay the fees either by money order or personal check as the Bureau of Vital Statistics does not accept cash payments. For an updated list of fees, visit the office’s website.
In case the record you requested for is not found, the state office will not refund your payment. You will, however, be given a certified statement explaining that the record is unavailable for some reason (or reasons). Have a self-addressed stamped envelope ready, too, if you want your request to be properly processed.
If you’re looking for a more convenient option, you don’t need to search far too long. Just go online and look for a reliable independent record searcher and your problems will be on their way to oblivion. Online record searchers provide you access to public dossiers through their database. This database is available for use 24/7, which means you won’t need to wait for days or weeks before getting the record you need. Simply enter the record details into the search box and you’ll find what you’re looking for in a matter of minutes!
But this is not the only amazing thing about online record providers. Although they do not promise to offer divorce records free services, they’re also way practical than going to government and state offices to obtain the dossier you need. You see, they do not charge a fee for every record you search for; you only have to pay a minimal one-time fee. And this very practical amount gives you more than you bargained for: unlimited access to their database of records. So after using it for the first time and paying the fee, your succeeding uses of the database is for free already. You can search for any public record you need without worrying about how much you’ll be spending for fees! Quite a good catch, don’t you think so?