417-451-3743 ext. 3
Certified copies of Missouri birth and death certificates are provided by the Vital Records department on a walk-in basis, Monday - Friday (excluding closings), between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.
For any questions related to vital records, please give us a call.
NOTE: Any request for birth or death certificates for genealogy must be ordered from the offices in Jefferson City. These are not available at the county health department.
The Vital Records department can provide certified copies of Missouri birth certificates in our office for a fee of $15 each. We accept cash, money orders, and credit cards (additional convenience fee for card). The certificates will be printed while you wait.
Certificates are available for most births from 1920 to present.
The Vital Records department can also provide certified copies of Missouri death certificates. The first copy of a certificate is $14, while subsequent copies for the same person in the same visit are $11 each. These are available on a walk-in basis, or by submitting a completed, notarized death certificate application along with a money order (NO CHECKS). Please note that our address is also on the form.
Missouri death certificates are available for deaths from 1980 to present.
Missouri Adoptee Rights Act
Due to the Missouri Adoptee Rights Act, Missouri adoptees no longer need a court order to request their original birth certificates.
To make a request, an adoptee or their attorney must complete the Application for Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate and pay a non-refundable $15 fee. Applications may be submitted in person or by mail. The Application for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate, Birth Parent Contact Preference, and Medical History forms can be obtained at the Bureau of Vital Records office in Jefferson City, requested by calling 573-751-6387, or found on the Department of Health and Senior Services website.