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Missouri Public Records

What You'll Find Inside Your Missouri Public Records

Freedom of information is one of the greatest aspects of this country. The transparency of the government and its citizens allows you to find information you need to make decisions and take action when you need it. Having these records available is a huge benefit to the populace, which often needs information to make choices.

Each state develops its own public records system. Missouri public records, for example, allow you to find the information you need on people, businesses, and government in Missouri. You'll find data on such things like:

  • Vital Stats - Birth records, marriage records - anything that is considered of public use that has to do with your personal information can be found inside of Missouri public records.
  • Business Stats - Business licenses, liquor licenses, etc. Businesses are required to register many different things with the government, and Missouri public records contain that information.
  • Government Stats - Almost any data collected by the government about the government is available inside of these records.
  • Missouri public records are substantial. Most non-private data is available if you know where to search. As long as the data was collected by the government and doesn't constitute a privacy issue (such as giving out your social security number or salary) may be found in these records.

    Missouri Birth Records

    In the state of Missouri, the official registration of birth records started in January 1910. Ever since then, the records have been stored at the Bureau of Vital Records. If you were born before then, you would have to contact the city or county Health Department to find your birth records. To access these records, a request has to be made to the state health department. The procedure involves printing out an application form downloaded from the official website of Missouri Health Services Website. After filling the form you need to mail it to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Vital Records at 930 Wildwood, P.O. box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570. You can also submit it by hand to the nearest Health Department if you live in Missouri. Make sure that a check with the fee (for copying the Birth Record) is also sent.The Missouri Birth Records can also be requested over the telephone and you can use your credit card for a quicker transaction. The call service is available 24/7 for the people of Missouri but there is some additional fee involved for this procedure. The state also requires a photograph of the applicant who is trying to access the records so it must be ensured that you have a valid driver’s license, State Identification Card, or any other government issued photo identification.

    Missouri Death Records

    The State of Missouri holds their vital records under both the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and the Missouri Digital Heritage. Missouri began keeping records of both births and deaths in 1883, where it was held under the State Board of Health, they printed forms and though there was legislature in place, it did not require the recording of deaths, and was repealed, but the general assembly reinstated the legal requirement for death records on a state level in 1910. There are records on microfilm dating from 1883-1893 on the state level, but more available at the county level. The archives have a vast resource regarding death records in the state of Missouri. They receive vital records that are over fifty years old, and they may disclose them without limitation.

    Certified copies of death records in Missouri must be gathered from the Bureau of Vital Records, or in the location in which the event occurred. To help ensure you find the record you are looking for some of the information you will want to have is the date of death, the deceased’s full name, as reported, the place of the event, parents names if they are available. You may apply for the record either in person at their main office, or in a local health department, online through a third party, or by mail. If you are applying by mail, you will need to have your form notarized, before sending. The state does not demand any requirements for placing the application, but on the application, you must state your relationship to the party in question as well as the reason for the request.

    Additional Missouri Resources

    The links listed below lead to government agencies that provide free online access to public record information. 

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