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Birth & Death Certificates
General Information
Certified copies of Missouri birth and death certificates are provided by Vital Records in the Harold K. Bengsch Building, Monday-Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

To find out how to request a birth or death certificate, please see the information below. For additional questions related to vital records including birth and death certificates, please call (417) 864-1411.

Birth Certificates
The Vital Records Office can provide certified copies of Missouri birth certificates in our office for $15.00 each with a cash, check, credit card or money order payment. Birth certificates are available for most births of 1920 to present. The birth certificate copy will be printed while you wait.

Birth certificates can also be requested through the mail by submitting the birth certificate application with a check or money order to:

Vital Records
Springfield-Greene County Health Department
227 East Chestnut Expressway
Springfield, MO 65802

Please do not send cash through the mail.

Birth certificates will only be issued to the following people:

  • Registrant
  • Relatives up to, but not including, cousins
  • Legal guardians
  • Step-parents
  • Legally authorized individuals as determined by Missouri Department of Health rules relating to access to vital records
Please provide the individual's full name and date of birth, as well as the mother's full maiden name. You may also be asked to show a picture I.D. of yourself in order to receive the birth certificate.

Death Certificates
Certified copies of Missouri death certificates will also be provided to qualified individuals for $13.00 for the first copy and $10.00 for each subsequent copy for the same person in the same visit. Death Certificate Application

Death certificates may be issued to relatives or to third parties with a legal need. Please provide the deceased person's full name and date of death.

Death certificates are available for deaths occurring from 1980 to the present. For certified copies of death certificates for deaths occurring before 1980, send a written request to:

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Bureau of Vital Records
P.O. Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Certificates for births, deaths, marriages and divorces that took place outside the state of Missouri can be obtained by visiting the National Center for Health Statistics website. Fees and delivery times may vary by state and by document.


Online Orders
This office does not accept online orders. However, for your convenience, documents can be requested by phone or online through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide this service -- VitalChek Network, Inc.  An additional $9.50 fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®. To further expedite the request, overnight services are offered. Applications can be placed on-line at www.vitalchek.com or by phone, toll-free at 1-877-817-7363.