Vital Records (Birth & Death Certificates)

Birth & Death Certificates         

General information:  Certified copies of Missouri birth and death certificates are provided by the Vital Records department Monday-Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

A Notary Public is available to notarize affidavit for corrections, paternity affidavit, and out of state birth and death certificates.  

Please see the information below on how to request a birth or death certificate or for more information please call (417) 256-7078.

Birth Certificates

Certified copies of birth certificates for persons born in Missouri from 1920 to present can be obtained in our office for $15.00 per copy.  Cash, check, money order or credit card (processing fees apply) are all accepted forms of payment.

Request for Birth Certificate Application in Person

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
  • Request for Application in Person

NOTE:  A photo I.D. of yourself will be required to receive a birth certificate.

Request for Birth Certificate Application by Mail to Howell County Health Dept.
  • Applications requested by mail MUST BE NOTARIZED before the birth certificate can be issued.
  • Applications not notarized will be returned.  Please do not send cash in the mail.
  • NOTE: The Howell County Health Department can only print Birth Certificated for years 1920 and up. Please use the application to Jefferson City for all other years.
  • Request for Application by Mail
Request for Birth Certificate Application to Jefferson City

If a birth occurred before 1920, you can click on the link above to request an application from vital records in Jefferson City.

Adoptee’s will soon be able to request original birth certificates (click here for info)

Death Certificates

Certified copies of death certificates are available for deaths occurring from 1980 to present. Death Certificates are $13.00 for the first copy and each additional copy is $10 each issued to the same person in the same visit.  Cash, check, money order or credit card (processing fees apply) are all accepted forms of payment.

Request for Death Certificate Application in Person

Death certificates will only be issued to the following people:

  • Family members
  • Authorized agent or funeral director acting on behalf of the registrant or his/her family
  • Third parties with a legal need
  • Request for Application in Person

NOTE:  A photo I.D. of yourself will be required to receive a death certificate.

Request for Death Certificate Application by Mail

Applications requested by mail MUST BE NOTARIZED before the death certificate can be issued.  Applications not notarized will be returned.  Please do not send cash in the mail.

NOTE: The Howell County Health Department can only print Death Certificated for years 1980 and up. Please use the application to Jefferson City for all other years.

Request for Death Certificate Application to Jefferson City

If a death occurred before 1980, you can click on the link above to request an application from vital records in Jefferson City.

Birth & Death Certificates for other States

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

If you would like more information you may email your requests and/or questions to:

Kathy Parker, Deputy Registrar
[email protected]