Birth & Death Certificates
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Clay County Public Health Center can print certified copies of original birth certificates for individuals who were born in the state of Missouri after 1920.
Death Certificates Clay County Public Health Center can print certified copies of original death certificates for individuals who were deceased in the state of Missouri after 1980.
- Birth Certificates: $15 per copy
- Death Certificates: $14 for first copy, $11 for each additional copy per decedant
There are multiple ways to get certificates from Clay County Public Health Center. See below for more details.
Get the Certificates You Need
Birth and death certificates are available at the health center from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, excluding holidays. Same-day service is available to walk-in customers. You must have a photo identification card of some kind, e.g. driver's license, work I.D., school I.D., etc. to obtain the copies.
You can fill out the application in advance: Application for Certified Copy of Birth/Death Certificate for the State of Missouri. Please print the document and bring it when you come; otherwise, the form will be provided when you arrive.
Download the Application for Certified Copy of Birth/Death Certificate for the State of Missouri. You MUST have the form notarized by an official notary public and send it to Clay County Public Health Center with a check or money for the fees listed above.Please make checks or money orders payable to "CCPHC". Turnaround time is estimated at 7-10 business days from receiving your request. However, please plan to allow sufficient time for delivery of all birth/death records.
- Notarized Application for Certified Copy of Birth/Death Certificate for the State of Missouri
- Check or money order made payable to CCPHC
- Self-addressed stamped envelope
Where to Mail Your Request
Mail your request with payment and self-addressed stamped envelope to:
Clay County Public Health Center
Attention: Vital Records
800 Haines Drive
Liberty, MO 64068
Use the VitalChek Network to obtain a certified copy of a birth or death certificate within 7-10 business days by credit card, with Federal Express or regular mail. Additional service charges will be applied.
Clay County Public Health Center does not accept credit card orders over the phone or online orders. However, for your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service, VitalChek Network, Inc. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa.
*For Older or Out-of-State Certificates
No birth certificates before 1920 and no death certificates before 1980 are available at the health center. For assistance, please contact the Missouri Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Records at 930 Wildwood, P.O. Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102.
You can also reach them by phone:
- Birth: (573)-751-6387
- Death: (573)-751-6374
For birth and death certificates issued from states other than Missouri, please visit: Who to Contact for Vital Records Outside of Missouri.