Birth & Death Certificates

How to Obtain a Certificate

The Joplin City Health Department offers same-day printing of certified copies of birth certificates for a person born in the state of Missouri after 1920. Certified copies of Missouri deaths after 1980 are also available from us. To obtain a birth/death record, you will need:
  • Birth / Death Certificate Application - Download a form or complete in person at the Health Department
  • Information needed for the application
    • Date of birth and/or death
    • Father’s name, mother’s maiden name
    • Full name of birth or death requested
    • Place of birth / death (city and county)
    • The purpose for the copies
    • Your relationship to person named on certificate
  • Cash or check accepted, please make check payable to Joplin City Health Department
    • Birth certificates are $15 each
    • Death certificates are $14 for the first copy and $11 for each additional copy
  • A picture ID is required to obtain a certificate

Out of State Requests

If you reside in another state and need a Missouri birth or death certificate please visit the Missouri Vital Records.

If you need a birth / death certificate from another state other than Missouri the health department can give you a copy of that state’s application or you can access vital records of that state online.