Birth & Death Certificates

General Information

Certified copies of Missouri birth and death certificates are provided at the following locations:

Vital Records in the Harold K. Bengsch Building
227 East Chestnut Expressway
Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

To find out how to request a birth or death certificate, please see the information below. For additional questions related to vital records including birth and death certificates, please call (417) 864-1411.

Birth Certificates

The Vital Records Office can provide certified copies of Missouri birth certificates for $15.00 each with a cash, check, credit card (authorized signature required), or money order payment. Birth certificates are available for most births of 1920 to present. The birth certificate copy will be printed while you wait.

Birth certificates can also be requested through the mail by submitting the birth certificate application with a check or money order (please do not send cash through the mail) to:

Vital Records
Springfield-Greene County Health Department
227 East Chestnut Expressway
Springfield, MO 65802

In the State of Missouri, vital records are not open to the general public and can only be obtained by:

  • Person listed on certificate
  • Parent if listed on certificate
  • Grandparent if listed on certificate
  • Siblings
  • Uncle or Aunt if relative is listed as parent on certificate
  • Step-parent if marriage certificate is shown
  • Legal guardian accompanied by guardianship papers

Please provide the individual's full name and date of birth, as well as the mother's full maiden name. You will be required to show identification

  • Government issued photo identification
  • Driver's License
  • Passport or Visa
  • Military ID
  • Booking Sheet

If you don't have a government issued photo ID, you must bring any TWO of the following documents:

Death Certificates

Certified copies of Missouri death certificates will also be provided to qualified individuals for $14.00 for the first copy and $11.00 for each subsequent copy for the same person in the same visit. Death Certificate Application

Death certificates may be issued to relatives or to third parties with a legal need. Please provide the deceased person's full name and date of death.

Death certificates are available for deaths occurring from 1980 to the present. For certified copies of death certificates for deaths occurring before 1980, send a written request to:

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

Certificates for births, deaths, marriages and divorces that took place outside the state of Missouri can be obtained by visiting the National Center for Health Statistics website. Fees and delivery times may vary by state and by document.

Death Certificate Application for Funeral Homes Only

Online Orders

This office does not accept online orders. However, for your convenience, documents can be requested by phone or online through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide this service -- VitalChek Network, Inc. An additional $9.50 fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®. To further expedite the request, overnight services are offered. Applications can be placed on-line at or by phone, toll-free at 1-877-817-7363.

Additional Information

For births or deaths that occurred outside Missouri, see Where to Write for Vital Records, CDC. See also the State of Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Information on Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce Information.