Please carefully read the information on this page and use the form below to complete your request.
This form is NOT FOR GENEALOGICAL PURPOSES. It is for legal citizenship-related requests only.
For GENEALOGY research, please see the Genealogy Page.
Requesting Records from Open Or Closed Parishes
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. The Archives reserves the right to refuse access to records.
If you require a record from an open, active parish, please contact that parish directly. Contact information can be found at https://www.archstl.org/find-my-parish. Note that open parishes have authority over their own records; they may or may not issue documents for citizenship-related purposes.
Requesting Records 1930 and Prior
For records 1930 and prior, you must know the parish name and date of the sacrament. Archives staff will not conduct searches for records. Instructions on how to find sacramental records is on our Research Page at https://www.archstl.org/archdiocesan-archives/research.
If the record is dated 1930 or earlier, fill out the request form below with the following information:
1. Correct date and parish name where record is located. Research should be done prior to requesting the record. Find instructions on how to find sacramental records at the Research Page at https://www.archstl.org/archdiocesan-archives/research.
2. Full names of all known parties involved:
a. For baptisms, provide the names of the baptismal recipient, father’s full name, mother’s first name and maiden name, the celebrant, and witnesses.
b. For marriages, provide the names of the bride, groom, each of their fathers, each of their mothers with maiden name, the celebrant, and witnesses.
If you require additional information not on the form but represented in the sacramental record, please indicate this in the "Notes" field on the form.
NOTE: For records in this time period, variations in the spelling of names is a common occurence. Names were often Latinized, Anglicized, or spelled incorrectly. If you request a notarized affidavit, a statement is added regarding spelling variations.
Requesting Records 1931 and Later
Records of baptism or marriage may be released to a third-party requestor for citizenship purposes if the person(s) named in the record is deceased. If the record is dated 1931 or later, you will need to provide the following documentation to obtain a sacramental certificate or notarized document:
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 a descendant of the person named in the record. To request a marriage certificate, 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.
All additional documentation may be sent to [email protected], fax 314-792-7029, or by mail to Archdiocese of St. Louis Archives, 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis MO 63119-5738.
Do I Request a Sacramental Certificate or Notarized Document?
You must check with the appropriate foreign consulate to determine whether they will accept a sacramental certificate or require a document with an apostille. Each country’s consulate will have different requirements. You may request one or both. Each document is $25.
Sacramental Certificates: A sacramental certificate is a Church-certified document that is signed and dated with the emobossed seal of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
Notarized Documents and Apostilles: An apostille or public notary signature cannot be affixed directly to the sacramental certificate, which is an ecclesiastical document. An apostille is a specific form of authentication that is made by a state’s Secretary of State. If requested, Archives staff will issue you a Missouri-notarized affidavit for a sacrament. You can then use the notarized document to apply for an apostille with the State of Missouri. Archives staff does not work directly with the state and cannot advise on the process of obtaining an apostille from a state. Before you request the notarized affidavit from us, please check with the Missouri Secretary of State: https://s1.sos.mo.gov/business/notary/notary/certify.
Directions, Payment, and Identification
- Please submit one form per person per sacrament (i.e. baptism or marriage).
- When the request is received, Archives staff will notify you if there are any issues with the request. If there are no detected issues, staff will simply mail the document(s) to the address you have provided on the sacramental request form online.
- Document(s) will be mailed within 5-10 business days.
- Each document, whether a sacramental certificate or a notarized affidavit, is $25. If you request both a certificate and a notarized affidavit for a single sacrament, the total would be $50.
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
Please fill out the form with complete information. Staff will contact you if there are any issues with the request.