UPDATE: Most local records offices already require photo identification to procure vital records, but compliance must be in place by March 1.
COLUMBIA — Beginning March 1, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services will require photo identification when applicants request vital records.
The department is imposing the new regulation to help prevent identity theft of those in the records.
“These new guidelines are being implemented to offer a higher degree of protection for documents that contain personal information,” Health Department Director Margaret Donnelly said in a news release.
Anyone wishing to acquire birth, death, marriage or divorce certificates must present a driver’s license, passport, or school, work or military identification. Two alternate forms of ID are required if an applicant fails to present a photo credential.
Requests for vital records also require applicants to explain their relationship to the person named in the record or the name of the organization or company issuing the request.
Any request must be notarized before being sent to the department.