Missouri Birth Certificates From Missouri Bureau of Vital Records
Missouri Birth Certificate Types
- Short Form Birth Certificate – Also known as an abstract, the short form birth certificate is an abbreviated version of the original certificate. It’s officially titled a “birth certification” and is a traditional-looking copy with colored purposes, capable of fulfilling virtually all legal purposes.
- Long Form Birth Certificate (Original Certificate) – The long form birth certificate or “original” is also called a “Certificate of Live Birth.” It is a copy of the original certificate, containing information, such as the time of birth. This type of birth certificate is generally not needed to fulfill most legal purposes, so you may opt for the short form instead.
Short Form Birth Certificate
Long Form Birth Certificate
Who can order?
Under Missouri law, birth certificates of births less than 100 years old are considered “closed records.” Only individuals showing a legitimate and tangible interest may be issued certified copies of birth certificates upon paying the appropriate fees, providing proof of identification, and filling out the application form:
Missouri Vital Statistics Agency Information
Missouri Bureau of Vital Records
The Missouri Bureau of Vital Records keeps records and issues certificates of vital events, including birth, death, and fetal death, that occurred in the state of Missouri from January 1, 1910, to the present day. The Bureau of Vital Records also maintains marriage and divorce records for events that occurred since July 1, 1948.
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Missouri Birth Certificates
The Missouri Bureau of Vital Records issues certified copies of birth certificates, typically acceptable for most legal purposes, including proof of citizenship, school enrollment, personal identification, passports, social security, and employment.
Visit the Missouri Bureau of Vital Records’ official page for more information.