City's birth and death certificates could be requested online

Friday, December 2, 2011 | 2:43 p.m. CST; updated 3:35 p.m. CST, Friday, December 2, 2011

COLUMBIA — Official birth and death certificates from the city and county health department could become available via an online request if the City Council agrees to sign a one-year contract with LexisNexis VitalChek, a company that already has similar agreements with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, as well as Kansas City and St. Louis health departments.

The two options for obtaining these documents are either to go to the Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Department's office or to mail in a notarized request.

Genalee Alexander, public information officer for the department, said it was "basically a convenience" and that it gives people "one more option." Alexander did not know when residents would be able to request documents online if the plan is approved.

The health department will charge more for both birth and death certificates to accommodate an $11.25 surcharge it must pay to LexisNexis. Requesting a birth certificate will increase from $15 to $26.25, while the first copy of a death certificate will increase from $13 to $24.25. 

The department will make no other payment to LexisNexis for this service, Alexander said.

The agreement is included on the consent agenda for the council's next regular meeting. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers, 701 E. Broadway.

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