Open Public Record Act:

The Missouri Sunshine Law states that all meetings, votes, actions, deliberations, and records of government agencies are open to the public unless otherwise stated by law. What this means is that any meeting held by state and local governmental bodies where public business is discussed or decided must be open to the public. The same goes for public records. Any records that have been created, received, or retained by a public government body must be accessible to the public.

Birth Records:

The Department of Health and Senior Services Bureau of Vital Records maintains records of births that have occurred in Missouri. The records filed in this office go as far back as January 1, 1910.

You can obtain copies of birth records if you are the person named on the record or other legal entity. To request for a copy, you will need to download and complete the application form and submit it along with a check or money order made payable to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Birth records cost $15 each. You can mail in your request along with a legal size, self-addressed stamped envelope.

If you cannot download a copy of the application form, you will need to submit a written, notarized request to the Bureau of Vital Records and provide the following information:

  • full name at birth
  • date of birth
  • place of birth
  • both parents’ names including mother’s maiden name
  • your relationship to the person named on the record
  • reason for requesting the record
  • If you wish for expedited service, you can call a third party vendor, VitalChek at 1-877-817-7363. The hotline is open 24/7. Payment is made through credit cards and an additional fee will be charged by VitalChek for the service.

    You can also submit a certificate request in person during normal business hours, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday, except on holidays. You may receive your copy of the certificate within the same day if you arrive by 3:30 pm and provide all the required information.

    Marriage Records:

    The Department of Health and Senior Services maintains a central registry of marriages that occurred in Missouri since July 1, 1948. You can obtain a Certified Statement Relating to Marriage from this office. This certificate will contain the names of both spouses, the date of marriage, and the county where the marriage was recorded. If you wish to obtain a certified copy of the original marriage license, you will need to visit the Recorder of Deeds office in the county where the license was granted.

    To obtain a copy of a Statement Relating to Marriage, you will need to complete an application form and submit a check or money order made payable to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Marriage records cost $15 each. You can mail in your request along with a legal size, self-addressed stamped envelope.

    If you cannot download a copy of the application form, you will need to submit a written, notarized request to the Bureau of Vital Records and provide the following information:

  • full name of both parties
  • include the last name prior to first marriage and any previous married names
  • date of marriage
  • place of marriage
  • your relationship to the parties listed on the record
  • explain the reason for the request
  • If you wish for expedited service, you can call a third party vendor, VitalChek at 1-877-817-7363. The hotline is open 24/7. Payment is made through credit cards and an additional fee will be charged by VitalChek for the service.

    You can also submit a certificate request in person during normal business hours, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday, except on holidays. You may receive your copy of the certificate within the same day if you arrive by 3:30 pm and provide all the required information.

    Divorce Records:

    The Department of Health and Senior Services maintains a central registry of divorces that occurred in Missouri since July 1, 1948. You can obtain a Certified Statement Relating to Divorce from this office. This certificate will contain the names of both spouses, the date of divorce, and the county where the divorce was recorded. If you wish to obtain a certified copy of the original divorce decree, you will need to visit the Circuit Clerk in the county where the divorce was granted.

    To obtain a copy of a Statement Relating to Divorce, you will need to complete an application form and submit a check or money order made payable to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Divorce records cost $15 each. You can mail in your request along with a legal size, self-addressed stamped envelope.

    If you cannot download a copy of the application form, you will need to submit a written, notarized request to the Bureau of Vital Records and provide the following information:

  • full name of both parties
  • include the last name prior to first marriage and any previous married names
  • date of divorce
  • place of divorce
  • your relationship to the parties listed on the record
  • explain the reason for the request
  • If you wish for expedited service, you can call a third party vendor, VitalChek at 1-877-817-7363. The hotline is open 24/7. Payment is made through credit cards and an additional fee will be charged by VitalChek for the service.

    You can also submit a certificate request in person during normal business hours, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday, except on holidays. You may receive your copy of the certificate within the same day if you arrive by 3:30 pm and provide all the required information.

    Death Records:

    Records of deaths in Missouri that occurred from 1910 to 1967 have been digitized and are available on the Missouri Digital Heritage website. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Bureau of Vital Records also maintains records of all deaths that have occurred within the state since January 1, 1910. You can obtain a certified copy of a death record from your local health department. You can also request for a copy through the Bureau of Vital Records. You will need to complete an application form then submit it along with a check or money order made payable to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Death records cost $13 for the first copy and $10 for each additional copy. You can mail in your request along with a legal size, self-addressed stamped envelope.

    If you cannot download a copy of the application form, you will need to submit a written, notarized request to the Bureau of Vital Records and provide the following information:

  • full name at death
  • date of death
  • place of death
  • your relationship to the person listed on the record
  • explain the reason for the request
  • If you wish for expedited service, you can call a third party vendor, VitalChek at 1-877-817-7363. The hotline is open 24/7. Payment is made through credit cards and an additional fee will be charged by VitalChek for the service.

    You can also submit a certificate request in person during normal business hours, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday, except on holidays. You may receive your copy of the certificate within the same day if you arrive by 3:30 pm and provide all the required information.

    Missing People:

    The Missouri State Highway Patrol posts a list of all missing person cases within the state. The information on their list is sourced from the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). The information available on this list includes the person’s name, gender, photo, race, date missing, date of birth, address, investigating agency, type, and poster. If you wish for more information regarding a missing person, you can get in touch with the law enforcement agency handling the case.

    Elected Officials:

    If you wish to get information on the statewide elected officials in Missouri, you can check the Official Missouri State Website. It provides links to the House of Representatives and Senate as well as the officials serving under the Executive Branch of the government such as the Governor. If you wish to learn which legislators are serving your area, you can use the ‘look up legislator’ which allows you to use your zip code to find their names and contact information.

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