Birth & Death Certificates

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Birth & Death Certificate Hours

Monday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Birth Certificates

You may obtain a birth certificate for yourself or a family member if you were born anywhere in the state of Missouri after 1920. The fee is $15 each; all forms of payment accepted.

Death Certificates

Effective August 28, 2020, with the Governor’s recent signing of HB 2046 (PDF), 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.

You may obtain a death certificate if the deceased passed away anywhere in Missouri after 1980. All forms of payment accepted. 

How to Obtain Certificates

  • In person - Same day service is available to walk-in customers. Complete an application and pay the required fee by cash, check, or money order. Applicants must show identification when requesting certified copies of a vital record. 
  • By Mail - Certificates can be obtained through the mail and are normally sent out the same day that applications are received. Mail-in requests must be notarized by an acceptable Notary Public.

If applicable, tangible interest documents or signed notarized statement authorizing release of record should be included with the application.

If a family member is requesting a record for another family member, additional documentation or information may be required if the applicant’s link to the requested record cannot be established.

Please mail your completed application/request form for birth or death certification along with a stamped self-addressed envelope, and a check or money order (payable to Cole County Health Department) to:

Cole County Health Department
Vital Records
3400 W Truman Blvd.
Jefferson City, MO 65109

Acceptable Forms of Identification

Primary Documents

One (1) document is required: 

  • A current school identification card/document showing applicant’s name, photograph, and date of school year
  • A current U.S. military identification card that includes a photograph
  • A state issued driver’s license that includes a photograph, date of birth
  • A state issued identification card that includes a photograph, date of birth
  • A U.S. passport with current photograph
  • Work identification card that includes the applicant’s name, photograph, and company name

Alternate Forms of Identification Documents

At least two (2) alternate forms of identification documents must be used if applicant does not have a picture identification card when applying in person. Alternate documents must display name of applicant, may display date of birth, date of issuance (or year), must display institution, company or organization/agency name. Letter from government or social agencies:

  • A payroll stub that includes a Social Security number of applicant (cannot be handwritten stubs)
  • A W-2 form issued within last year in addition to a signed Social Security card (social security numbers must match)
  • Cancelled duplicate check (must show name, address, signature, and name of institution)
  • Certificate of vehicle title or registration documents
  • Court certified adoption papers that includes adopted parent(s) name
  • Insurance policy (health, home, life, etc.)
  • Medicaid/Medicare document or identification card
  • Military discharge document (DD-214)
  • Official certified deeds or title to property
  • Proof of auto insurance
  • School yearbook
  • Shelter name band (including name of shelter)
  • Social Security card or Social Security printout (print out of an applicant’s Social Security account of activities)
  • Utility bills which shows name and address of applicant (water, gas, electric, telephone)
The Cole County Health Department provides the content of this website for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice.