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City Recorder of Deeds offers new online way to get vital records

CITY HALL – St. Louisans can now get important documents from the city’s Recorder of Deeds without leaving home.

The office of St. Louis Recorder of Deeds Michael Butler has launched an online smartform called VitalChek that allows people to order the certificates they need by filling out an application on a personal computer or other smart device. VitalChek is available at the Recorder’s website – – and takes only minutes to use, Butler’s office says. VitalChek is the nation’s highest ranked, authorized resource for ordering government-issued vital records online.

Documents that can be ordered include certificates of birth, marriage or death; and real estate-related documents for land situated within the city, including deeds, liens, affidavits, court orders and other miscellaneous recordable documents.

With the new school year coming up, parents and legal guardians may need copies of students’ birth certificates, especially for children entering school for the first time.

“Parents have a lot on their minds when sending their kids off to school for the first time,” Butler said in a statement. “While this can understandably be a stressful time for families, one thing that should never add to that stress is acquiring the necessary paperwork. We are pleased that through our website, parents can now obtain copies of the birth certificates that they need, without ever needing to leave the house, expend gas or stand in line.”

Using the online service does carry an additional fee. Birth certificates, for example, cost $15 for each copy, with an $11.25 VitalChek handling fee. Parents can also choose expedited shipping options.     

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