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Missouri Birth Certificates From Missouri Bureau of Vital Records

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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.
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Short Form Birth Certificate

Apply to receive this document from the Missouri Bureau of Vital Records.
Apply to receive this document from the Missouri Bureau of Vital Records.

Long Form Birth Certificate

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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:

The individual whose name appears on the birth certificate (registrant), if of legal age

The registrant's immediate family, which includes family members and in-laws in the direct line of descent up to, but not including, cousins

Registrant's legal guardian (upon presenting guardianship papers)

Foster parents (with custody papers)

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.

Notice: It is in Instant Vital Records’ best interest to provide you with accurate and up-to-date information on this site, but state agency information and policies may change without notice. Instant Vital Records makes no warranties, expressed or implied, regarding accuracy, adequacy, completeness, reliability, or usefulness of any information, nor do we assume the liability of such information.

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.

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