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Apostille for Missouri Birth Certificate

When you need to apostille a Missouri birth certificate, you will need to make sure to have a certified copy of the vital record beforehand. If you need to order one, your best bet is to go through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Here's what their website says about obtaining one:

Many Missouri residents can quickly obtain their birth, death, marriage, and divorce records at the local level. There are some types of vital records only available at the county level, and other types of records that are only available from the Bureau of Vital Records in Jefferson City.

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. State law only allows a certified copy of a vital record to be issued to a person with a direct and tangible interest in the record. Learn more about who can obtain a copy of a vital record.

The following vital records are available for request:

The State of Missouri began a central registry of Missouri births and deaths reported from Jan. 1, 1910 to the present. While vital record keeping began in 1910, some delayed certificates may be available before 1910. However, there is no guarantee of a record’s existence either before or after 1910.

To request a birth or death certificate locally, contact your nearest local public health agency. To request a birth or death certificate from the Department of Health and Senior Services in Jefferson City, follow the steps outlined in How to Obtain a Copy of a Vital Record.

Where are these records available? Local level – Births: 1920-present. Death: 1980-present. (Short form versions) State level – Births: 1910-present. Death: 1910-present. (Short form and long form versions)

How can I order a copy? Local level – Varies. Contact local public health agency directly. State level – In person, mail, and phone/online via VitalChek. See How to Obtain a Copy of a Vital Record

Note: Co-Parent birth certificates (those listing “co-parent” labels versus “mother” and “father”) are only available by request in long form version from the Bureau of Vital Records in Jefferson City. For more information, contact the Bureau of Vital Records at 573-751-6387, opt. 1.

Missouri Birth Certificate Apostille

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