Verification of Date of Birth
Why does PEERS need verification of my date of birth?
We must verify the dates of birth of:
- All retiring members
- Beneficiaries under the Joint-and-Survivor benefit plans
- Survivors of deceased members eligible to receive benefits
This verification is needed in order to determine eligibility for benefits and to perform actuarial calculations.
What is required?
A photocopy of the birth certificate bearing the original seal of the city, county or state in which it was issued. Hospital-issued birth certificates are not accepted. Original birth certificates are returned to you.
What if I do not have a birth certificate?
If you were born in Missouri, click here for information on obtaining a birth certificate from the Bureau of Vital Records. If you were born in another state, click here for information on obtaining a birth certificate from the state in which you were born.
What if I cannot obtain a birth certificate?
You may submit three documents that show your date of birth or your age as of a certain date. At least one must show your date of birth. Original documents will be returned.
Documents which might be acceptable in lieu of a birth certificate include:
- Driver’s license
- School or church records
- Bureau of Census record
- Hospital birth record
- Birth certificate of child
- Military records
- Certificate of Naturalization
- Insurance policies
- Social Security Statement