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Birth & Death Certificates
Vital Record Request Regulations
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services guidelines for obtaining copies of birth, death, marriage, and divorce records protect Missourians from identity theft. Identification is required when requesting vital records from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services in Jefferson City, the City of St. Joseph Health Department, and local health departments throughout Missouri.


Birth certificate applications and death certificate applications within the City of St. Joseph, for the State of Missouri, follow these regulations:
  • Missouri birth and death certificates are issued Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • The fee for birth certificates are $15 per certified copy. Birth certificates can be obtained from 1920 to the present.
  • Death certificate fees are $13 for the first certified copy and $10 for any additional copies issued at that time. Death certificates can be obtained from 1980 to the present.
  • Identification of the applicant is required; photo identification such as, driver’s license, passport, school, work, or military identification.
  • Two alternate forms of identification may be accepted if an applicant does not have a photo identification. Alternate documents must include the applicant’s name and the name of the organization the document came from; such as a pay stub or utility bill envelope.
  • Vital records certificates are issued only to the person named on the certificate or that person’s parents (must be named on certificate), siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, children, or legal guardian; in the case of needing a death certificate for the purpose of the transfer or sale of property, be prepared to show just cause. The local registrar is responsible for determining requests on a case-by-case basis.
  • Check, cash, money orders, debit cards, and credit cards are accepted. Visa / MasterCard payments accepted in our office only.
  • Requests submitted via mail must be notarized.
  • Birth certificates from other states cannot be processed at Missouri offices and must be ordered through the state in which the birth occurred.
  • A birth or death certificate issued by the State of Missouri is a legal document.

For out-of-state birth, death, marriage, or divorce certificates, see the National Center for Health Statistics site on where to write for vital records, or call the Health Department at 816-271-4636 to obtain contact information for out-of-state birth and death certificates.

Amendments & Helpful Numbers
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Vital Records Department, located in Jefferson City, Missouri, serves as the state archives for vital records. Any changes or corrections to birth or death records must be processed through this agency.

Please call the following numbers at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Vital Records Department for information relating to amendments:
Phone Number
Adding a father's name to a birth record 573-751-6216
Birth records 573-751-6378
Death records 573-751-6385
Processing an adoption or to legitimate a birth 573-522-1715
Registration of putative father registry 573-526-1535