Who needs one?
Throughout life a person
will use his or her birth certificate for various reasons, including verifiying age, parentage and citizenship. Birth
certificates are also needed for entrance into school, marriage licenses, drivers's licensure, obtaining passports, veterans'
benefits, welfare, and social security benefits among many other usages.
County Health Center is able to provide you with birth certificates from 1910 - present.
certificates can be given to the following people:
(the person whose name is on the certificate)
- A member of the immediate family which
includes those family members and in-laws in the direct line of descent up, but not including cousins:
Wife, Husband, Son, Daughter, Mother, Father, Brother, Sister, Grandmother, Grandfather, Grandchildren,
Aunt, Uncle, Niece and Nephew are eligible to receive your birth certificate.
guardian may receive a copy of a birth certificate of a child who is under thier care and custody, with appropriate guardianship
- Foster Parents with appropriate custody papers
- Authorized agent
of person or family.
- Others as demonstrated by a direct and tangible
interest when information is needed for determination or protection of personal or property rights.
People not eligible to receive a birth certificate are: Cousins, Funeral Directors, an alleged father,
genealogists, and friends.
Current cost for a birth certficiate as
of August 28, 2004 is $15.00 Please bring photo identification.
For a Birth
or Death Certificate Application, go to:
You may bring this with you to the Henry County Health Center and we can print you a Birth Certificate, if, and
only if, you live in Missouri. We can also print you a Death Certificate, as long as you are one of the eligible persons
to pick it up. You must present acceptable identification to obtain a Birth or Death Certificate.Acceptable Documentation for Identification
Primary Documents (One document is required)·
A state issued driver’s license that includes a photograph, date
A state issued identification card that includes a photograph, date of
A current U.S. military identification card that includes a photograph·
A U.S. passport with current photograph ·
A current school identification card/document showing applicant’s
name, photograph, and date of school year · Work identification card that includes the applicant’s name, photograph, and company name
Alternate forms of Identification Documents (At least two alternate forms of identification
documents must be used if applicant does not have a picture identification card when applying in person) Alternate documents
must display name of applicant, may display date of birth, date of issuance (or year), must display institution, company or
Letter from government or social
agencies· School yearbook
A W-2 form issued within last year in addition to a signed Social Security
card (social security numbers must match)· Social Security card or Social Security numident printout (print out of an applicant’s Social Security account
of activities)· Court certified
adoption papers that includes adopted parent(s) name· Official certified deeds or title to property · Certificate of vehicle title or registration documents · Proof of auto insurance · Insurance
policy (health, home, life, etc.)· Medicaid/Medicare document or identification card· A payroll stub that includes a Social Security number of applicant (cannot be handwritten stubs)·
Military discharge document (DD-214)·
Cancelled duplicate check (must show name, address, signature, and name
of institution)· Utility bills
which shows name and address of applicant (water, gas, electric, telephone)· Shelter name band (including name of shelter)
can provide important information such as circumstances/cause of death, final disposition, his/her parents, date
of birth, race, sex, and name of spouse. This type of information is needed for insurance benefits, pension claims and
the transfer of real and personal property.
Death certificates are available from 1980-present.
All family members, genealogists representing family members, a physician acting on behalf
of the preson or family and a funeral director acting on behalf of the family.
who will not be able to receive a death certificate include : friends, attorneys not acting on behalf of the person or family,
and physicians not acting on behalf of the person or family.
Cost of a death certificate
as of August 28, 2004 is $13.00. Each additional Death Certificate at time of request is $10.00 Please bring photo
identification. Birth and Death certificates are usually available within 5-10 minutes.
885-8193 with any further questions. These services are available Monday-Friday 8:00am - 4:15pm (closed 12:00-12:30
If you are needing a Birth Certificate
and were not born in Missouri, please go to that state's website for information.