Vital Records

If you were born in the State of Missouri, we can help you get your birth certificate quickly. Birth and death certificates can be printed for the State of Missouri
(birth after 1920, death after 1980).


  • $15 for birth certificates

  • $14 for the first death certificate, $11 for each additional copy

All certificates are official records that are embossed with the State Seal.


Photo ID Required

The State of Missouri requires a photo ID to obtain a birth or death certificate. 
The ID must have your name and photo.

Examples include:

  • Driver's license

  • U.S. military ID card

  • U.S. passport

  • Work or school ID with photo


No Photo ID?

You must provide at least two alternate identification documents. Documents must contain your name and the name of the company or organization issuing the document.


Vital Records Application

You can download and print the Vital Records application. Mailed requests must be notarized.


Born Outside Missouri?

If you weren't born in Missouri, visit the National Center for Health Statistics website to learn where to write for vital records in other states. Need it fast? Try VitalChek, they'll get it to you fast--for a fee.

GCHD now accepts credit/debit cards for vital records--there is a 2.95% convenience fee.

 Download Application Form

Mail-in requests must be notarized

Missouri Adoptee Rights Act

Missouri adoptees can now request an uncertified copy of their original birth certificate. Requests for adoptee birth certificates must be made to the Bureau of Vital Records in Jefferson City and CANNOT be processed at the Grundy County Health Department.

To make a request:

  • Complete an Application for Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate

  • Pay a non-refundable $15 fee

  • Allow 6 weeks for receipt of original certificate

Non-certified copies of the original birth certificates issued by DHSS cannot be used for establishing identity, and will be stamped “For genealogical purposes only—not to be used for establishing identity.


In addition, no records will be released without first checking for receipt of a parental preference form. The parental preference form allows birth parents to designate whether they want their information released. Birth parents may also establish a contact preference and complete a medical history form.

For more information, visit the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website.