Vital Records

Birth Certificates
The Christian County Health Department can provide certified copies of Missouri birth certificates for $15.00 each. The only form of payment accepted is cash. We are unable to accept checks, debit or credit cards at this time. Birth certificates are available for Missouri births from 1920 to present. The average wait time to receive a birth certificate is 5-10 minutes.

If requesting vital records through the mail, please call our office for additional requirements.

Birth certificates will only be issued to:

  • the registrant,
  • relatives up to, but not including, cousins,
  • a legal guardian of a child,
  • a step-parent, or
  • another legally authorized individual as determined by Missouri Department of Health rules relating to access to vital records.

Please be prepared to provide a child's full name and date of birth, as well as the mother's full maiden name. You may also be asked to show a photo I.D. of yourself in order to receive a birth certificate.

Death Certificates
Death Certificates can be purchased for $13.00 for the first certificate and $10.00 for subsequent copies for the same person in the same visit. The only form of payment accepted is cash. We are unable to accept checks, debit or credit cards at this time.  Death certificates are available for deaths occuring in Missouri from 1980 to the present.

Death certificates may be issued to relatives or to third parties with a legal need. Please be ready to provide the deceased person's full name and the date and city of death. If you are not a relative, you may also be asked to fill out additional paperwork in order to receive the death certificate.

Out of State Certificates
Certificates for births, deaths, marriages, and divorces that took place outside of Missouri can be obtained by visiting the National Center for Health Statistics or VitalChek online. Fees and delivery times may vary by state and by document.

Hours of Operation
Vital records can be requested Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 11:45 am and from 1:00 pm to 4:15 pm.