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How to Obtain a Child's Birth Certificate in St. Charles, Missouri

By Tiffany Raiford ; Updated September 26, 2017
You cannot take an international family vacation unless you all have a passport, which is just one reason you need a copy of your child's birth certificate.

Your child may need a copy of his birth certificate for many reasons, including applying for a passport or even registering for school or sports. If you need to obtain your child’s birth certificate in St. Charles, you can do it in person, online or through the mail. However, Missouri law dictates that you provide proper identification, as only the person listed on the birth certificate, one of the parents listed on the birth certificate or the legal guardian of the child listed on the certificate are permitted to obtain a birth certificate.

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In Person

Go to the St. Charles County Department of Community Health and the Environment Vital Records Division (scchealth.org) between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday to obtain a birth certificate for your child. The office is closed on major holidays.

Present a clerk with a copy of your photo identification, such as your driver’s license, state or government-issued identification, passport or military badge. The department will accept two alternative forms of identification if you do not have photo ID, provided that the additional documents feature both your full name and the name of the agency who issued the form, such as a W-2 form.

Provide the clerk with the name of the child listed on the certificate, your relation to the child and the date of your child’s birth. Once the clerk locates the birth certificate, you have to pay $15 per copy you request, using cash, cashier’s check, money order or credit card. You can take your child’s certificate with you after completing the payment process.

By Mail

Download a copy of the birth certificate application form from the St. Charles County Department of Community Health and the Environment Vital Records Division’s website (scchealth.org). Fill out your name, your relation to the child listed on the birth certificate, the name of the child on the certificate, the date of birth, the place of birth and the sex of the child. You must also provide your contact information, including your home address.

Sign the application in the presence of a notary public, which you can find at any St. Charles bank, tax office or law office or any other federal office.

Include a copy of your photo identification or alternate forms of identification, your notarized application and a check or money order for $15 per copy of your child’s birth certificate that you are requesting.

Mail this information to:

St. Charles County Division of Public Health 1650 Boone’s Lick Rd. St. Charles, MO 63301

Your child’s birth certificate will be mailed to you once your application is received.


Visit the Vital Chek website (vitalchek.com) to apply for a copy of your child’s birth certificate online. Follow the simple instructions provided to obtain a copy of your child’s birth certificate.

Fill out the requested information, which includes your name, address, relation to the child, the child’s name, date of birth, location of birth and sex.

Choose a shipping method and enter your credit card information for payment. The fee is the same, but you will have the added expense of paying for shipping, which varies based on the type you choose.

Things You Will Need

  • Photo ID or alternate ID
  • $15
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About the Author

Tiffany Raiford has several years of experience writing freelance. Her writing focuses primarily on articles relating to parenting, pregnancy and travel. Raiford is a graduate of Saint Petersburg College in Florida.

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