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
  • Passport
  • Bureau of Census record
  • Hospital birth record
  • Birth certificate of child
  • Military records
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Insurance policies
  • Social Security Statement