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Missouri Vital Records - Births, Deaths & Marriages

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Learn how and where to obtain birth, marriage, and death certificates and records in Missouri, including the dates for which Missouri vital records are available, where they are located, and links to online Missouri vital records databases.

Missouri Vital Records:

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Bureau of Vital Records
930 Wildwood
PO Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573) 751-6400

What You Need to Know:
Check or money order should be made payable to Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Personal checks (drawn on a U.S. bank) are accepted. Call or visit the Web site to verify current fees.

Web site: Missouri Bureau of Vital Records


Missouri Birth Records:

Dates: From January 1910

Cost of copy: $15.00 (includes a 5-year search)

Comments: Access to birth records in Missouri is restricted to immediate family members and legal representatives (spouse, parent, siblings, children, grandparents, grandchildren).

With your request include the full name on the certificate, the full date of birth (month, day, year), place of birth (city or county), father's full name, mother's full name (including maiden name), your relationship to the person named on the certificate, and the reason for your request. Certified copies of most Missouri birth records are also available from local county health departments or the St. Louis City Vital Records Registrar or Kansas City Health Department. For details, please contact these offices directly.
Application for Missouri Birth Certificate

* For births occurring between July 1, 1883 - 1893, contact the Missouri State Archives. If the death occurred in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, or Kansas City before 1910, write to the city or county Health Department. Copies of these records are $15.00 each in St. Louis City and St. Louis County. In Kansas City, the fee is $6.00 for the first copy and $3.00 for each additional copy ordered at same time.

Online: Missouri Birth & Death Records Database, Pre-1910


Missouri Death Records:

Dates: From January 1910

Cost of copy: $15.00 (includes a 5-year search)

Comments: Access to death records in Missouri is restricted to immediate family members and legal representatives.

With your request include the full name on the certificate, the full date of death (month, day, year), place of death (city or county), your relationship to the person named on the certificate, and the reason for your request. Certified copies of most Missouri death records are also available from local county health departments or the St. Louis City Health Department or Kansas City Health Department. For details, please contact these offices directly.
Application for Missouri Death Certificate

* For births occurring between July 1, 1883 - 1893, contact the Missouri State Archives. If the death occurred in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, or Kansas City before 1910, write to the city or county Health Department. Copies of these records are $15.00 each in St. Louis City and St. Louis County. In Kansas City, the fee is $6.00 for the first copy and $3.00 for each additional copy ordered at same time.

Online: Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1958 | Missouri Birth & Death Records Database, Pre-1910


Missouri Marriage Records:

Dates: From July 1, 1948 (state), as early as 1805 (county)

Cost of Copy: Varies

Comments: The Missouri Bureau of Vital Records can provide a certified statement for marriages which have occurred in Missouri from July 1, 1948 to the present. Telephone verifications are not provided, though you can call with a credit card and they will send out the verification by mail within 24 hours.

To request a certified copy of a Missouri marriage license contact the Recorder of Deeds in the county where the license was obtained.


Missouri Divorce Records:

Dates: Varies by county

Cost of copy: Varies

Comments: To request a certified copy of a divorce decree contact the Circuit Clerk in the county where the decree was granted.

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