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Birth Certificates

Florida Department of Health - Highlands County

  •  863-386-6040
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    Mailing Address

    7205 South George Boulevard Sebring, FL 33875 

     

     

Birth Certificates 

The first step is to determine your eligibility (relationship) to receive a birth certificate.  You must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Be the child named on the certificate AND over 18 years old, OR
  2. Be the parent, guardian or legal representative of the person named on the certificate.

If the birth record is over 100 years old and not under seal pursuant to a court order, it’s public record and anyone can obtain a copy.

All applicants must include the following:

  • The applicant’s PICTURE ID. Such as:
    • A valid driver’s license (front and back).
    • A state identification card (front and back).
    • A passport.
    • military identification card.
  • The applicant’s relationship to the person (registrant) named on the certificate.
  • The Registrant’s full name at birth, date and place of birth, mother’s maiden name, and father’s name.
  • The applicant’s full name, address and telephone number(s).
  • Please note the applicant’s signature (parent’s, legal guardian’s or legal representative’s signature if the person named on the birth certificate is under 18) IS REQUIRED.

The fee for each certified copy of a Florida birth record obtained through the Florida Department of Health –Highlands County is $12.00.  When purchased at the same time, additional copies for the identical birth record are $7.00 each.  Additional service fees apply for birth certificates obtained at the Highlands County Tax Collector’s offices.  The fee to obtain a birth certificate through the Tax Collector’s office is $18.25 for the first copy and $7.00 for each additional copy when purchased at the same time and for the identical birth record.  If a birth certificate is being purchased to process a driver’s license transaction at the same time, then the fee for the first copy is $15.75.

For your convenience there are three ways to apply for a birth certificate:

  • Apply In Person – At four convenient locations:
    • Florida Department of Health – Highlands County

7205 S. George Blvd.

Sebring, Florida 33875-5847

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday

For applying in person, fees are payable in cash; by money order or cashier’s check (made payable to Florida Department of Health – Highlands County); or by Visa or Mastercard.

  • Highlands County Tax Collector’s Offices
    • Avon Park

116 E. Main Street (Next to City Hall)

Avon Park, Florida 33825

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

            8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday

  • Lake Placid

11 N. Pine Avenue

Lake Placid, Florida 33852

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

            8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday

  • Sebring

540 S. Commerce Avenue

Sebring, Florida 33870

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

            8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday

For applying in person at the Tax Collector’s office, fees are payable by cash, check, money order, certified funds and credit cards (additional processing fee of 2.95%).

  • Apply by Mail    - Florida Department of Health – Highlands County

  Vital Statistics Office

  7205 S. George Blvd.

  Sebring, Florida 33875-5847

                                Please include:

  • Signed birth certificate application   English Form (747 kb doc)  Spanish Form (746kb doc)
  • A copy of one of the following valid identifications
    • Valid driver’s license (front and back).
    • State identification card (front and back).
    • Passport.
    • Military identification card.
    • Your daytime telephone number
    • Your payment. Fees are payable by money order or cashier’s check. Please do not send cash by mail.
    • A self-addressed stamped envelope (for regular processing service)
    • Apply by Fax – Fax number: 863-382-7283

Please include:

  • Signed birth certificate application   English Form (747 kb doc)  Spanish Form (746kb doc)
  • A copy of one of the following valid identifications (enlarged for easier verification when faxed)
    • Valid driver’s license (front and back).
    • State identification card (front and back).
    • Passport.
    • Military identification card.
    • Your daytime telephone number
    • Credit card payment information. Visa or Mastercard

Optional Purchases

  • Protective Certificate Sleeves: $2.00 each
  • Expedited mail service (3 days or less processing time): $15.00 (Does not include Express Delivery)**
  • Express Delivery: Price Varies (Does not include Expedited Service)**