Birth and Death Certificates

Individuals may apply (in-person or by mail) for birth and death certificates at the Adair County Health Department.

The application for obtaining a copy of a vital record requires applicants to explain their relationship to the person named on the record.  Missouri law only allows a certified copy of a vital record to be issued to a person with a direct and tangible interest in the record.

Obtaining a vital record illegally is a class D felony.

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If applying in-person, you must submit the following:

STEP 1: Complete and sign the “Application For A Vital Record”.  This form can be requested from our clerks or downloaded here from our website.

STEP 2: Provide identification. One identity document that displays a name and photograph, such as a driver’s license, passport, or school, work or military identification. This identification is preferred and must include the applicant’s name and the name of the company or organization issuing the document.  If you do not have a photo ID, at least two alternate forms of identification must be presented as follows:

  • two pieces of mail with name and address
  • one piece of mail with name and address and social security number

STEP 3: Review the certificate for accuracy and pay fees.

Certificates obtained in person usually take about 15 minutes to process.


If applying by mail, you must submit the following:

STEP 1: Complete and sign the “Application For A Vital Record”.  This form can be downloaded here from our website.

STEP 2: Have your “Application For A Vital Record” form Notarized.

STEP 3: Include a self addressed envelope, with postage,  your payment with notarized application, and mail all items to the Health Department:

Adair County Health Department
1001 S. Jamison
Kirksville, MO 63501

Certificates by mail usually are processed within one day of receipt.

Payment of Fees

  • The Health Department accepts payment of fees by cash, money order or personal check
  • Individuals obtaining birth and death certificates in-person may also pay with major credit cards or debit cards

Office Hours

Monday – Friday
8:00am  – 4:00pm  (Birth and death certificates are also available during the noon hour)

Please call (660)665-8491 should you have any questions.

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