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GN 00308.052 Missouri Vital Records

A. Process

Divorce records are available from the Clerk of the Circuit in the county that granted the divorce. The cost of copy is free. Marriage records are available from the Recorder of Deeds in the county that issued the license. The cost of copy varies.

Birth and death records are available from the following cities and counties. The fee is $15.00 for birth records and $13.00 for death records. See Remarks for important information on requesting birth certificates.

B. Procedure - state sources

1. Address and FO code

Bureau of Vital Records
Dept. of Health
P.O. Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 751-6400

FO Code 740

NOTE: You can find the most up-to-date information from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. In addition, you can find EIN information here.

2. Cost of copy

The fee is $15.00 for birth records and $13.00 for death records. Marriage/Divorce $15.00 - See Remarks for important information on requesting birth certificates, death records, and information on marriage/divorce records.

3. Type of payment

Personal check or money order payable to Missouri Department of Health.

4. Remarks

Vital Records provides a certified statement of marriage or divorce that occurred from July 1948 to present. For certified copies of the actual marriage license or for records prior to July 1948, contact the Recorder of Deeds office in the county that issued the license. For certified copies of the actual divorce decree or for records prior to July 1948, contact the Circuit Clerk's office in the county that granted the decree.

NOTE: There is an added cost of $10.00 for additional copies of death certificates ordered at the same time as the original request.

Send all requests directly to the Bureau of Vital Records. Do not go through the parallel office. In hardship cases, send an SSA-L706 with third party draft and return envelope. Response will take 2-3 weeks.

IMPORTANT: The Missouri Bureau of Vital Records (BVR) requires a signed release for a birth record request for another person. SSA must also have a signed release when requesting a birth record (e.g., for verification purposes). You may use the SSA-L706, Letter to Custodian of Birth Records, available in OS 15010.331. You may also use the VS-151, the Application for Copy of Birth or Death Certification, on the Missouri Department of Health site available at the link within this section. The Missouri BVR requires applicants who request vital records to submit photo identification (i.e., a driver’s license, passport, or school, work, or military identification). Government-issued photo is preferred. Include a copy of the individual’s identification with the SSA-L706.

If the applicant does not present photo identification, he or she must submit two alternative forms of identification. If SSA sends the request for the individual, the BVR will accept many forms of alternate identification (e.g., a bill from home, health care card, Social Security card, bank application, Medicaid card). A photocopy is acceptable. If the FO employee is the requester, the employee must also submit a copy of his or her identification. See GN 00308.001B.3 for acceptable forms of identification.

If the number holder requests the vital record directly, he or she must include a photocopy of his or her photo identification.

Can FO verify, certify or obtain free copy of birth/death record? - No

C. List of counties

Kansas City

Bureau of Vital Records
Dept. of Health
PO Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102

(FO Code 098)
The fee is $15.00 for birth records and $13.00 for death records. Marriage/Divorce $10.00 - see Remarks.

St. Louis (city)

Bureau of Vital Records
Dept. of Health
PO Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102

The fee is $15.00 for birth records and $13.00 for death records. Marriage/Divorce $10.00 - see Remarks.

“NO” except hardship.

Make all requests directly to the BVR. In hardship cases send an SSA-L706, third party draft and return envelope.

St. Louis (county)

Bureau of Vital Records
Dept. of Health
P. O. Box 570
Jefferson City, Mo 65102

Make all requests directly to the BVR. Do not contact the parallel FO. See Remarks, above, for other information.