03/05/14: Tax Collector and Department of Health expand partnership to serve more Pinellas County residents

Tax Collector and Department of Health expand partnership to serve more Pinellas County residents

Birth certificates now available at the Pinellas County Tax Collector’s North-County Office

CLEARWATER, FL, MARCH, 5, 2014 – In December 2013, the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County (DOH-Pinellas) partnered with the Pinellas County Tax Collector (Tax Collector) to begin offering birth certificates at select Tax Collector Offices. The first Tax Collector Office to offer this service was the 1800 66th Street North, St. Petersburg location in January 2014. During the first month of the program, 273 birth certificates were distributed at this location.

Beginning March 5, 2014, birth certificates will be available at the Tax Collector Office located at 29399 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 100, in Clearwater. With the addition of this North-County location, birth certificates are now easily accessible from anywhere in Pinellas. South County residents have access to the Tax Collector Office at 1800 66th Street North, St. Petersburg; mid-County residents may visit the DOH-Pinellas location at 8751 Ulmerton Road, Suite 1700, in Largo; and North-County residents now have access to the Tax Collector Office on U.S. Highway 19 North.

“We are excited to announce the launch of the birth certificate program at our North-County Office. This is the second Tax Collector Office to offer this service. Since its launch at our South County Office in January 2014, the birth certificate program has been a huge success. With the addition of our North-County office, residents born in Florida now have easy access to birth certificates throughout Pinellas County. It is a convenient, value added service for Pinellas County residents and we are proud to offer it.” – Diane Nelson, Pinellas County Tax Collector

Since birth records are needed to procure and renew driver licenses, the partnership between DOH-Pinellas and the Tax Collector’s Office makes the process easier for the community. Instead of making two trips or waiting for birth records to arrive by mail, residents will be able to complete both transactions at the same Tax Collector Office.

“We always strive to provide excellent service to the community and we are happy to be partnering with the Tax Collector’s Office, which also places a high emphasis on customer service,” said Claude M. Dharamraj, MD, MPH, FAAP, DOH-Pinellas’ Director.

Birth records purchased at DOH-Pinellas, 8751 Ulmerton Road, are $13; for records purchased at Tax Collector Offices, an additional $6.25 convenience fee will be added.

ABOUT THE PINELLAS COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR’S OFFICE: The Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office is a constitutionally elected office responsible for collecting and distributing state and local taxes, and for providing driver license and motor vehicle registration services to Pinellas County residents. The Office received the 2013 Governor’s Sterling Award for performance excellence. For more information visit www.taxcollect.com.

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