Bureau of Vital Records
Effective August 28, 2020, with the Governor’s recent signing of HB 2046, the fee collected for each death certificate will increase by $1.00 to $14.00 for the first certified copy. The fee for each additional certified copy, ordered at the same time, will also increase by $1.00 to $11.00.
The Bureau of Vital Records, within the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, provides services including:
- Maintaining a central registry of Missouri births, deaths, and fetal deaths reported from Jan. 1, 1910 to the present 1
- Preparing new certificates for adoptions and legitimations
- Maintaining a central registry of Missouri marriages and divorces (since July 1, 1948)
- Correcting or amending vital records as authorized by state law
- Issuing certified copies of vital records
- Maintaining the Putative Father Registry
More About Vital Records:
- While vital record keeping began in 1910, some delayed certificates may be available before 1910. However, there is no guarantee of a record’s existence either before or after 1910. You may also consider visiting the Secretary of State’s Missouri Digital Heritage website.