In the State of Missouri, vital records are not open to the general public. Copies of vital records are provided to specifically defined individuals or entities. This helps protect identities, prevent fraud, and preserve the integrity of vital records. As authorized by section 193.255.1, RSMo, the registrant, a member of his/her immediate family, his/her guardian, or one (1) of their respective official representatives shall be considered to have a direct and tangible interest and may be issued a certified copy of a vital record. Others may demonstrate a direct and tangible interest when information is needed for determination or protection of personal or property rights.

For additional information regarding vital record access, see the Missouri Code of State Regulations.