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Birth and Death Certificates

There are three easy ways to obtain a Missouri birth or death record. Choose the method that best suits your needs.

Walk In

Birth and death certificates are available in our office from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. during the weekdays. 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., etc.) or two pieces of mail with your name and current address to obtain the copies. 


No birth certificates before 1920 and no death certificates before 1980 are available at the Health Department. They may be obtained from:

Missouri Department of Health
Bureau of Vital Records
930 Wildwood
P.O. Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102

You may also contact them by phone at:

  • Births: 573-751-6378
  • Deaths: 573-751-6374 


You may complete the application and send it to us with payment, a photocopy of your driver’s license, and a self-addressed stamped envelope. For mail-in requests you MUST have the form notarized. Please allow sufficient time for delivery for all birth/death records. 

We no longer accept personal checks.  Payment needs to be in the form of a cashier's check or money order. 

Mail your request with payment, driver’s license copy, and self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Attention: Vital Records
Cass County Health Department
1411 S. Commercial Street 
Harrisonville, MO 64701


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.  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.