Sacramental Certificates

THIS FORM IS NOT FOR GENEALOGICAL PURPOSES.

For genealogy research, please see our Research page. To request a certificate for citizenship purposes, please see the page Citizenship-Related Requests.




Requesting a Sacramental Certificate


The Office of Archives and Records only issues certificates from closed parishes. If you are requesting a certificate from a closed parish, please continue reading and fill out the form below. A list of closed parishes is at https://www.archstl.org/archdiocesan-archives/closed-parishes.

If you are requesting a sacramental certificate from an open, active parish, please contact that parish directly to obtain your certificate. Contact information can be found at https://www.archstl.org/find-my-parish.

Certified copies of sacramental records are issued only to the person named in the record, or to a third-party with a legitimate relationship to the person named in the record. The Archives will not release sacramental to third-party requestors not defined by the relationships below. Certificates are only issued for sacramental, legal, or other legitimate purposes. The Archives will not issue certificates for genealogical purposes. The Archives reserves the right to refuse access to records.

The following individuals and entities are permitted to obtain sacramental certificates:

  1. The person named in the record. Requestor will need to provide a photograph ID with request.
  2. If the person is under 18, the parent or legal guardian of the person named. Requestor will need to provide a photograph ID with request.
  3. Personnel from a diocesan marriage tribunal, diocesan chancellor’s office, diocesan bishop’s office, or a Catholic parish, such as pastor, deacon, or parish secretary. No fee or ID required. Certificate must be mailed directly to the office or parish.
  4. If the person is incapacitated or disabled, the caretaker of the person named. Requestor will need to provide proof of power of attorney and a photograph ID with request.
  5. If the person(s) is deceased, the children, heirs, or those with legal permission, i.e. power of attorney. Requestor will need to provide the following documentation to obtain a sacramental certificate:
    1. A copy of the death certificate of the person(s) named in the record. To request a marriage certificate, both parties named in the record must be deceased. The requestor must provide death certificates for both parties.
    2. Copies of the birth/baptismal/marriage certificates that prove that the requestor is related to the person named in the record. For marriage certificates, provide proof of relationship to one of the persons named in the record.
    3. Photograph ID (driver’s license or state ID) of the requestor.
  6. Government or Corporate Agencies (Social Security, U.S. Citizenship Services, insurance companies, etc.). No fee or ID required. Requestor will need to provide an authorization by person (or person’s power of attorney/legal guardian) to release information.
  7. Courts of Law. No fee or ID required. Requestor will need to provide the subpeona or court order.

Payment and Identification

Sacramental Certificates are $10 each and will be mailed within 5-10 business days. Certificates will be sent via regular mail unless otherwise requested.

Payment can be made via credit card or check, made out to the Archdiocese of St. Louis Archives:

  • Pay online with your credit card after submitting the form below. Click the "Submit Online Payment" button after you submit the form.
  • Call us to relay your credit card information over the phone.
  • Mail payments to: Archdiocese of St. Louis Archives, Mail Stop # 100600, P.O. Box 953745, St. Louis, MO 63195-3745.

YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR PHOTO ID (State or Driver’s license, front of ID only) along with this request by one of the following methods:

  • Attaching a digital image of the ID to the form below.
  • Emailing a digital image of the ID to [email protected].
  • Faxing a copy of the ID to 314.792.7029
  • Mailing a copy of the ID to Archdiocese of St. Louis Archives, 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis MO 63119-5738

THIS FORM IS NOT FOR GENEALOGICAL PURPOSES.

For genealogy research, please see our Research page. To request a certificate for citizenship purposes, please see the page Citizenship-Related Requests.

Sacramental Certificate Request Form

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