SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Birth and death certificates

Sunday, October 31, 2010 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 9:25 p.m. CDT, Sunday, October 31, 2010

Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.

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The records: Birth and death certificates for an individual, courtesy of the Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Department.

Why you'd want them: Birth certificates are required to get many other government documents. You might need one to renew or get a driver's license and you might need one to get a marriage license. Passports require them, and your child's school or day care might need one too.

Death certificates can be used to help settle legal matters after someone dies. Insurance companies and the Social Security Administration might want to see copies of the certificates.

Where you get the records: You can pick up these documents at the health department's offices, located at 1005 W. Worley St. The phone number is 573-874-7355

You can also get forms online by going to the health department's website.

How much it will cost: Birth certificates are $15 for each copy. Death certificates cost $13 for the first copy and $10 for subsequent copies.

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joel pierr October 31, 2010 | 12:51 a.m.

You know what You guys should stop complaining because, one the health care we have now isnt as good as it was supposed to be. also the law has just been signed so give it some time. so if u want to say u have the right to choose tell that to ur congress men or state official. If you do not have insurance and need one You can find full medical coverage at the lowest price by calling 877-882-4740 or check If you have health insurance and do not care about cost just be happy it and trust me you are not going to loose anything!

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Jessica Bryand October 31, 2010 | 1:24 a.m.

Hey Joel, then you better vote NO for B! If B passes we will see increase in unemployment and taxes!!

For the HSUS supporters, lets talk about how the Animal Enterprise Terrorist Act will have an effect if this should pass...

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