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St. Louis County, which neighbors Missouri’s capital of St. Louis, was officially founded in 1812. The St. Louis County Health Department can fulfill requests for birth and death records, although access to these is restricted.  St. Louis County public records also include access to marriage records through the Recorder of Deeds, dating back to 1877.

The Circuit Clerk maintains an online database for court records, both civil and criminal, and divorce records. Unless sealed by a judge, these are part of public records in St. Louis County. The Missouri State Archives in St. Louis is open to the public and holds St. Louis County military records, cemetery and vital records, and obituaries. The Missouri State Highway Patrol operates a criminal history online database that allows anyone to perform an online name-based search for statewide criminal records.

  • St. Louis County birth and death records may be requested from the St. Louis County Health Department. Access is restricted to authorized recipients. Copies may be ordered in person, by mail, online through VitalChek, or by phone.
  • St. Louis County marriage records may be requested by anyone from the Recorder of Deeds for a fee. Requests are accepted in person or by mail.
  • St. Louis County court records and divorce records may be viewed online through the Circuit Clerk’s website or in person.
  • Statewide criminal records may be ordered by anyone through the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Requests are accepted online, in person or by mail.
  • Historic military records, cemetery and vital records, and obituaries may be viewed and copied at the State Archives.
  • About St. Louis County Public Records

    Although birth and death records are restricted, Missouri has mostly an open records policy. Authorized recipients of St. Louis County birth records and death records are the person of record, a family member or legal representative. Missouri public records also include unrestricted access to marriage records through the Recorder of Deeds.  St. Louis public records, except for marriage records, can be requested or viewed online.

    Online Gov Public Records in St. Louis County

    The Missouri State Highway Patrol operates a public, name-based search web portal that allows anyone to search statewide criminal records for a fee. Criminal court records can also be researched through the St. Louis County Circuit Clerk. Gov public records in St. Louis County also include online access to divorce records and civil court records. Any of these court records can be viewed in person and copied for a fee.

    Perform a St. Louis County Public Records Search

    The Missouri State Archives is a necessity for anyone performing genealogy or historical research. A St. Louis, MO public records search for historic records wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Research Room to search obituaries, military, cemetery and vital records pertaining to St. Louis County.

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