A birth certificate is a legal vital record. It documents a child's birth, providing details such as the child's date and time of birth, name given at birth and parents' names. A birth certificate is required in order to obtain most legal forms of identification, such as a driving permit, driver's license or passport. It also serves as a second form of ID, required by U.S. employers. If you were born in Missouri, you have a few options by which you can obtain a birth certificate.
Download a vital records application from the State of Missouri Health Services Website. Print it out. You will find a direct link in the Resources section of this article. Type or print your complete information and sign the application.
Submit the application in person to your nearest office of the Missouri health department. You must also submit the fee in check or money order form. As of this writing, the fee is 15 dollars per birth certificate copy.
Mail the application if you no longer live in Missouri. Include the fee as a check or money order along with a self-addressed, stamped, legal size envelope. Mail these to Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Vital Records, P.O. Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Expect a 2 to 4 week wait for your birth certificate.
Send a written request to the address listed in Step 3 if you are unable to print the application. Be sure to include the full name at birth, birth date, place of birth, parents' names (using mother's maiden name), your relationship to the person for whom you are requesting a birth certificate, and the reason for your request. Again, be sure to send the fee in a check or money order along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Request the birth certificate by phone. You can use a credit card if you would like to expedite the receipt of your birth certificate. Call Vital Check at 1-877-817-7363. They are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Be prepared with the same information as mentioned in Step 4. There is an additional fee for this service.
To make a change or correction to a birth certificate, call the Missouri Bureau of Vital Records at 1-573-751-6378.