Missouri Birth Records Search

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services maintains all state birth records and issues certificates. They have been keeping these records since 1909. The historical society does have some records dating back before 1909.

You can start the process by downloading a copy of the application. You will need the following information when applying: full name on the Missouri birth record, date of birth, place of birth, hospital, father’s full name, mother’s maiden name, gender, the number of copies requested, applicant’s name, address, phone number, the purpose of the request and signature.

If you plan on requesting a copy by mail, your application must be notarized.

If you are not the person listed on the certificate, you will have to provide your name, address and contact information along with proof of identity and relationship to the person.

To prove your identity, you must have a valid, photo ID such as:

  • Driver’s license.
  • Passport.
  • Military ID.
  • State or other government photo ID.
  • Prison ID.
  • Work photo ID.
  • School ID.

If you have any questions or need help, you can reach them via phone at 573-751-6387.

Types of Missouri Birth Records

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Missouri Population

Missouri offers certified copies of your birth records along with a Missouri birth record search of five years.

A certified copy is a legal document you can use to verify your identity for purposes of getting a driver’s license, passport, applying for school or the military or using with other government agencies such as social security. 

State Population
1 birth every 423 seconds

1 death every 635 seconds

Population change from 2010-2016

Population by Gender

There are more women than men in Missouri. The total population of Missouri is estimated at 6,091,176 people with 2,990,539 male and 3,100,637 female. There are 110,098 more more women than men in the state, which is 50.90% of the total population.

The Missouri Gender Ratio is 96 men to 100 women (99:100) or 0.96. State’s gender ratio is lower than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.

Gender ratio in 2016


Total population in 2016


Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016

Missouri Birth Statistics

The state's birth rate decreased to 12.47 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 74,705 total births — the lowest in Missouri history, and higher than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 74,705, 1.89% of the number of nationwide registered births.

State Birth Rate

Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Missouri

Top 5 states with a lower birth rate than Missouri Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than Missouri
Nevada - 11.71Wyoming - 12.61
New York - 11.15Kansas - 13.05
Maine - 9.84Arkansas - 13.07
Oregon - 11.05Louisiana - 13.78
Maryland - 11.73Iowa - 13.18

Top 5 Counties in Missouri with the lowest/highest Birth Rate

Top 5 counties in Missouri with the lowest birth rate Top 5 counties in Missouri with the highest birth rate
St. Louis County - 11.71Jasper County - 14.01
Jefferson County - 11.74St. Louis City - 13.86
Boone County - 11.85Jackson County - 13.60
Franklin County - 12.14Greene County - 12.40
Clay County - 12.39Clay County - 12.39

Missouri Fertility Rate

In Missouri the fertility rate based on historical data went from 63.96 to 62.09 from 2010-2016, and currently is higher than the crude fertility rate of the US - 63.78 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 27.24 to 28.15.

State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother

Fertility Rate By County

The top reproductive counties of Missouri are Jasper - 69.52, Franklin - 69.43 and Jackson - 67.01. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:

County Fertility rate
Jefferson County63.14
St. Louis County61.54
Clay County61.52
St. Louis city County59.45
St. Charles County59.25
Greene County58.32

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain a Missouri Birth Certificate

You may obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate at any local health department office or the central office of the Health and Senior Services Department. Bring the application with you, proof of your identity and fee.

Missouri charges a $15 non-refundable fee for a Missouri birth records search and certificate and you must make checks and money orders out to Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Each additional copy will cost you another $15.

If you want to order through the mail, you can send your application, proof of ID and fee to: Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Vital Records, P.O. Box 570 Jefferson City, MO 65102

Mail orders take 2-4 weeks for processing. If you need it quicker visit them in person or you can order online using VitalChek.

Missouri Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $15.00
Organization: Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services; Bureau of Vital Records
Address:930 Wildwood; P.O. Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570
Remarks: The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder in the county where the event occurred. A personal check or money order should be made payable to CDPH Vital Records. Please do not send cash. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (916) 445-2684. This will be a recorded message, with an option to talk to a customer service representative. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Missouri Department of Public Health website. In order to obtain a Certified Copy you MUST complete the sworn statement included with the birth certificate application form, sign the statement under penalty of perjury and, your sworn statement must be notarized. If your request indicates that you want a Certified Copy but does not include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will be rejected as incomplete and returned to you without being processed. If you request a Certified Informational Copy of the record, a notarized sworn statement is not required. Please refer to the CDPH website for further information about Informational Copies. Effective November 1, 2013, CDPH - Vital Records is no longer embossing certified copies of records.