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Are Missouri Vital Records Open to the Public?

Not all vital records are open to the public. Records classified as "closed" are only open to eligible members of the public. Missouri's public record laws allow certified copies of vital records to be issued to persons who can prove a "direct and tangible interest" in the requested record. Eligible persons include immediate family members of the person on the record, legal representatives and court-appointed officers for the person on the record and persons with a valid interest in the estate.

 

What information do I need to search for Missouri Vital Records Online?

Requests for Missouri Vital Records must contain pertinent information which will include

  • Full name
  • Daytime phone number
  • Date of the event
  • Location of the event
  • Relationship to the individual named on the record
  • Purpose of copies
  • Father’s name (if applicable)
  • Mother’s maiden name (if applicable)

Publicly available vital records are also accessible from some third-party websites.* These websites offer the benefit of not being limited by geographical record availability and can often serve as a starting point when researching a specific or multiple records. To find a record using the search engines on these sites, interested parties must provide:

  • The name of someone involved providing it is a not a juvenile
  • The assumed location of the record in question such as a city, county, or state name

*Third-party sites are not government-sponsored websites, and record availability may differ from official channels.

 

What do I need to obtain Missouri Vital Records?

Most Vital Records in Missouri can only be obtained on request, by eligible persons. These include family members and in-laws in the direct line of descent up to, but not including cousins. Legal representatives for eligible persons and court-appointed officers for the person named on the record are also qualified to obtain Vital Records. The person requesting the record will need to complete the appropriate Application for Vital Record form and submit to the Missouri DHSS. Submissions can be made by walk-in or by mail. A valid state-approved photo ID is required for walk-in applications and notarized requests are required for mail-in orders. All applicable fees must be paid prior to the release of requested Vital Records.

 

What is the difference between a Certified Record and Informational Copy?

Certified Records are short-form (abstracts) or long-form documents issued on security paper and embossed with an official seal. They are issued by the DHSS and are valid for all identification and legal purposes. Informational copies may be issued by other parties (such as State Archives) and these cannot be used for legal purposes or identification.

Are Missouri Marriage Records Public Information?

Missouri Marriage Records are only open to specific individuals and entities and can only be received by eligible parties, who provide evidence of eligibility.

 

How do I find Missouri Marriage Records?

Eligible persons can request for Missouri Marriage Records in-person, by mail or online. The Bureau of Vital Records of the Department of Health & Senior Services (DHSS) maintains a central registry of unions that have occured in the state of Missouri from July 1948. For Marriage Records prior to this date should be obtained from the Recorder of Deeds for the county where the license was obtained. The Certified Statement Relating to Marriage issued by the DHSS will contain limited information about the marriage particulars. An actual certified copy of the original Marriage license can be obtained from the County Recorder of Deeds.

For walk-in requests, interested persons must complete and send the Application for a Vital Record form to the:

Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
Bureau of Vital Records
930 Wildwood,
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Records cost $15 for the initial search and copy and $15 for any additional copy. Walk-in customer service hours are Mon - Fri 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CST. (except state and federal holidays). Requests can be processed the same day if all required documents are received before 3:00 p.m. A valid photo ID is required for walk-in request applicants.

For mail-in requests, download and complete the Application for a Vital Record form and mail, with check/money order for the fees (payable to the Missouri Department of Health & Social Services) and self-addressed legal-size envelope. Mail to

Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
Bureau of Vital Records
P.O. Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570

Mail requests can be made, without an application form, by submitting a notarized written request with any tangible interest documents or a signed notarized statement authorizing the release of the record. All Requests sent by mail must be notarized by a Notary Public on the same date as the application.

Are Missouri Divorce Records Public Information?

Divorce Records in Missouri are available, on request, to specified individuals and entities who may be required to provide evidence of eligibility.

 

How do I obtain Missouri Divorce Records?

Eligible persons can submit an application for a Missouri Divorce Record to the Bureau of Vital Records of the DHSS online, by mail or in-person. The Bureau has maintained a central registry of Divorce records in the state since July 1948. Records prior to this date can be obtained from the Clerk of the Circuit Court for the county where the divorce was obtained. The Certified Statement Relating to Divorce issued by the DHSS will contain limited information about the divorce. An actual certified copy of the original Divorce decree can be obtained from the County Circuit Court Clerk. Records cost $15 for the initial search and copy and $15 for any additional copy.

To submit requests by mail, download and complete the Application for a Vital Record form. Send the completed application form with a check/money order for applicable fees and a legal-size, self-addressed envelope to the:

Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
Bureau of Vital Records
P.O. Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570

Mail requests can also be made by submitting a written request with any tangible interest documents or written authorization for the release of the record from an eligible person. All mail requests must be notarized by an approved Notary Public on the same date as the application. To make in-person requests, interested parties must complete the Application for a Vital Record form and return with the complete payment to:

Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
Bureau of Vital Records
930 Wildwood,
Jefferson City, MO 65102

In-person requests require the requestor to provide a valid and state-approved form of photo identification. Service hours are Mon - Fri, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CST. Same-day processing will apply for applications received by 3:00 p.m.

Are Missouri Birth Records Public Information?

Birth Records in Missouri are not categorized as public records and do not constitute public information. Copies of Birth Records are only available to immediate family members of the person on the record and authorized legal entities.

 

How do I obtain Missouri Birth Records?

The Department of Health & Senior Services Bureau of Vital Records maintains a central registry of births in the state of Missouri from 1910 till present. Records prior to 1909 can be obtained from the appropriate County Court Clerk’s Office or may be found at

Records Management & Archives Service
P.O. Box 778
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Eligible persons can submit requests for Missouri Birth Records online, by mail or by walk-in applications. Copies of certified Birth Records cost $15 per record and $15 for every additional copy.

Walk-in applicants will need to complete the Application for a Vital Record form and submit the completed application with the appropriate fee to

Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
Bureau of Vital Records
930 Wildwood,
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Walk-in applicants must provide a valid and state-approved form of photo identification before processing can begin on the application. Services hours are between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (CST) Mondays to Fridays, except state and federal holidays. Applications received before 3:00 p.m. are eligible for same-day processing.

Mail requests can be made by downloading and completing the Application for a Vital Record form and sending the completed form, any pertinent documents, a check/money order for the applicable fees and a legal-size, self-addressed envelope to:

Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
Bureau of Vital Records
P.O. Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570

Mail requests can also be made by sending in a written request (along with any tangible interest documents) or a statement of authorization form a qualified person, in place of an application form. The written request must include all pertinent information about the record. All mail requests must be notarized by an approved Notary Public on the same day of the application.

Are Missouri Death Records Open to the Public?

Death Records in Missouri are not categorized as public information and are only readily available to specific persons, who provide proof of eligibility. However, copies of Death Records may be issued to persons, who show a valid interest in the estate of the deceased party. Death Records which are over 50 years may be disclosed on request.

 

How do I obtain Missouri Death Records?

The Bureau of Vital Records of the Department of Health & Senior Services (DHSS) maintains a central registry of Missouri Death Records since 1910 and maintains certificates of Missouri deaths that are less than fifty years old. The Missouri State Archives maintains death certificates more than 50 years old, but cannot issue certified copies of these records. Copies of certified Death Records cost $13 per record and $10 for every additional copy ordered at the same time. Requests for Missouri Death Records can be made online, by mail or in-person.

Mail requests for Missouri Death Records are made by downloading and completing the Application for a Vital Record form. The completed form should be sent, along with a check/money order for the appropriate fees, a legal-size, self-addressed envelope and any pertinent documents to the:

Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
Bureau of Vital Records
P.O. Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570

Mail requests can also be made without an application form. The requestor can submit a written request or a written statement of authorization from a qualified party, along with any tangible interest documents. All requests sent in by mail must be notarized by an approved Notary Public on the date of the application.

In-person requests for Death Records are made by completing the Application for a Vital Record form and delivering the completed form along with the appropriate payment to the:

Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
Bureau of Vital Records
930 Wildwood,
Jefferson City, MO 65102

In-person requests require the requestor to provide a valid photo ID before processing will begin on the request. Office hours are 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (CST), Mondays - Fridays (except holidays). To qualify for same-day service, the request must be submitted by 3:00 p.m..

How do I find Sealed Vital Records?

Most Vital Records are closed records that can be obtained by specified individuals and entities, who provide evidence of their eligibility. In the state of Missouri, these records are not generally sealed when they are filed with the Department of Health & Senior Services. For records that have been sealed, and cannot be obtained as a consequence of this, a request must be made at the court where the record was sealed.

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