Under the Missouri Adoptee Rights Act (Section 193.125 and 193.128, RSMo), adoptees, adoptee’s attorneys, birth parents, and lineal descendants of deceased adoptees can request a copy of the adoptee’s original birth certificate. The copy will be non-certified and will be stamped with “For genealogical purposes only. Not to be used for establishing identity”. Both adoptees and birth parents have the option to complete a contact preference form stating if they would like to be contacted or not.

Adoptee birth certificates cannot be ordered online. The requestor should allow between three to six months from the date of submitting their paper application to receive their original birth certificate due to the demand for these records and the research required to find and process these records. Vital Records processes these requests in a first in, first out manner.

If you are an adoptee, an attorney of an adoptee or birth parent requesting a copy of the adoptee’s original birth certificate, use Application for Non-Certified Copy of Original Birth Certificate by Adoptee, Adoptee’s Attorney or Birth Parent.

If you are a lineal descendant of a deceased adoptee requesting a copy of the adoptee’s original birth certificate, use Application for Non-Certified Copy of Original Birth Certificate by Lineal Descendant. A lineal descendant as defined in 19 CSR 10-10.130 is a person who is in direct line to an ancestor, such as child, grandchild, great-grandchild, and so on, either by blood or legal adoption. This does not include a step-child or collateral descendant. Collateral descendants are those from the line of a brother, sister, aunt or uncle.

If you are an adoptee and would like to state your preference for contact, use Adoptee Contact Preference Form.

If you are a birth parent and would like to state your preference for contact, use Birth Parent Contact Preference Form.

If you are a birth parent and would like to provide medical information, use Birth Parent Medical History Form.

Follow all instructions on the forms and submit the forms along with applicable fees to: 

Bureau of Vital Records
P.O. Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570.