Birth and Death Certificates (Vital Records)

Birth or Death Certificates (Vital Records)

The Joplin Health Department offers same-day printing of certified copies of birth certificates for those born in Missouri after 1920 and death certificates for those who died in Missouri after 1980. The fee schedule of money collected by the Joplin Health Department can be seen here. Please call us at 417-623-6122 if you have questions.

To obtain a birth/death certificate, you will need the following:

1. Birth/Death Certificate Application - Download the form or complete in person at the health department office. Information needed for the application:

  • Date of birth and/or death
  • Father’s name, mother’s maiden name 
  • Full name of person named on certificate
  • Place of birth/death (city and county)
  • Purpose for the copies
  • Your relationship to person named on certificate

2. Cash, check or credit cards accepted. Make checks payable to "Joplin Health Department."

  • Birth certificates are $15 each
  • Death certificates are $14 for the first copy and $11 for each additional copy

3. A photo ID is required to obtain a certificate. This includes driver's license, military ID, student ID, passport, work badge or other ID's with a current photo. If you do not have a photo ID, two copies of non-photo ID may be substituted. Acceptable forms of non-photo ID includes social security card, insurance statement, utility bills, Medicare/Medicaid card and many others. The full list of accepted alternative forms of non-photo ID can be found on the Missouri Vital Records webpage.

Out of State Requests

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

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