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What are Illinois Vital Records?

Vital records in Illinois are the official records of all births, deaths, marriages, and divorces in the state of Illinois. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) records approximately a half-million such events each year.

 

How Can I Get a Birth Certificate in Illinois?

Illinois birth records

Illinois birth records are confidential records, and only the following persons are entitled to receive a copy:

  • The person named on the record as the registrant, if 18 years of age or older.
  • The parents of the registrant, as shown on the record.
  • The legal guardian or legal representative of the registrant, with written proof of guardianship or legal representation.
  • Any person with a court order.

Illinois birth records may be obtained online through Vitalchek, by mail, or by fax. The Illinois Department of Public Health, Office of Vital Statistics is not currently offering walk-in service.

To obtain a copy by mail or fax, you will need to complete the Application for Illinois Birth Record form.

You may mail your application, along with a photocopy of a government-issued photo I.D., such as a driver's license or passport, and a signed check or money order, payable to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), to:

IDPH Vital Records
925 E. Ridgely Avenue
Springfield, IL 62702-2737

The cost for mail-in copies varies according to the type of birth certificate you choose to receive. For a "long-form" certified birth certificate (this type is accepted for all legal use, passport, and other governmental agencies and contains the most information), the cost is $15 for the first copy and $2 for each additional copy ordered at the same time.

The cost of a "short form" birth certificate (this type contains only basic birth record information and may not be accepted by all governmental agencies), the cost is $10 for the first copy and $2 for each additional copy.

The cost of a foreign birth record (a birth record of an adopted person born outside the United States who was re-adopted in Illinois) is $5 for each copy.

The cost of a genealogical birth record (an uncertified record for a birth that is 75 years old or older and is not for legal use) is $10 for the first copy and $2 for each additional copy.

For records before 1916, you should contact the Illinois county clerk in the county where the birth took place.

To obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate by fax, you can fax your application to phone number 217-523-2648. Payment may be made by major credit cards such as Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover. The cost is $15 for each certified copy, plus $2 for each additional copy, plus $12.95 for a handling fee, and an additional fee of $19.50 mailing fee for U.S. addresses only (additional fees will be charged to mail to an address outside of the U.S.).

 

How Can I Get a Death Certificate in Illinois?

Illinois death records

Death records in Illinois are not public records and are only available to those who have a personal or property right interest with the decedent. Two types of death records are available from The IDPH, Division of Vital Records. A certified copy of a death certificate can be used for all legal purposes; however, an uncertified copy of a death record is a plain paper copy, which is used for genealogical research and cannot be used for legal purposes.

A copy of an Illinois death certificate may be obtained online through Vitalchek, by mail, or by fax. The Illinois Department of Public Health, Office of Vital Statistics is not currently offering walk-in service.

To obtain a copy by mail or fax, you will need to complete the Application for Illinois Death Record form.

You may mail your application, along with a photocopy of a government-issued photo I.D., such as a driver's license or passport, and a signed check or money order, payable to Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), to:

IDPH Vital Records
925 E. Ridgely Avenue
Springfield, IL 62702-2737

The cost for mail-in copies varies according to the type of death certificate you choose to receive.

For a "long-form" certificate (this type is accepted for all legal use and contains the most information), the cost is $19 for the first copy and $4 for each additional copy ordered at the same time.

The cost of a genealogical death record (an uncertified record for a death that is 20 years old or older and is not for legal use) is $10 for the first copy and $2 for each additional copy.

For records before 1916, you should contact the Illinois county clerk in the county where the death occurred.

To obtain a certified copy of a death certificate by fax, you can fax your application to phone number 217-523-2648. Payment may be made by major credit cards such as Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover. The cost is $19 for each certified copy, plus $4 for each additional copy, plus $12.95 for a handling fee, and an additional fee of $19.50 mailing fee for U.S. addresses only (additional fees will be charged to mail to an address outside of the U.S.).

 

How Can I Get a Marriage Certificate in Illinois?

Illinois marriage records

Marriage and civil union records are not maintained by the IDPH, Division of Vital Records. You can obtain certified copies of marriage certificates or certificates of civil unions from the Illinois county clerk's office in the county where the marriage license or civil union license is filed.

The IDPH Vital Records office can verify the fact that a marriage or civil union took place for those that occurred from January 1, 2012, to the present. The facts of a marriage or civil union will include the full names of the parties, their dates of birth, the date of the event, and the city and county where the event occurred.

If you need to obtain a verification of marriage or civil union, you may do so by submitting an Application for Verification of Marriage/Civil Union Record by mail or by fax. The IDPH Vital Records office is not currently offering a walk-in service.

You can mail in your Application for Verification of Marriage/Civil Union, along with a check or money order in the amount of $5 made payable to the Illinois Department of Health to:

Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Vital Records
925 E. Ridgely Ave.
Springfield, IL 62702-2737

To order verification of marriage or civil union by fax, you may fax your Application for Verification of Marriage/Civil Union to phone number 217-523-2648. You must also provide by fax the names of both parties and the date and place of the marriage/civil union on the transmittal/fax cover sheet. You should also include your credit card number and expiration date (there is a $5 fee plus $12.95 handling fee and a $19.50 fee for U.S. mail delivery), a daytime phone number, your return address, your written signature, and a copy of a valid government-issued photo ID.

 

How Can I Get a Divorce Certificate in Illinois?

Illinois divorce records

Divorce/dissolution of marriage records are not issued by the IDPH, Division of Vital Records. You can obtain certified copies of divorce certificates or decrees from the Illinoisclerk of the circuit court in the county where it occurred.

The IDPH Division of Public Records can verify the facts that a dissolution of marriage/divorce has taken place from the year 1962 to the present day. The facts that can be obtained through verification of dissolution of marriage are the names of the parties, their dates of birth, the date of the divorce/dissolution, and the city or county where the event took place.

To obtain a dissolution of marriage verification, you should complete the Application for Verification of Dissolution of Marriage/Civil Union Record Files.

To obtain the Verification by mail, you should mail the completed application along with a check or money order for $5 made payable to the Illinois Department of Public Health to:

Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Vital Records
925 E. Ridgely Ave.
Springfield, IL 62702-2737

To order by fax, you should fax your completed application along with your credit card number and expiration date ( the fee is $5 plus a $12.95 credit card handling fee and $19.50 U.S. postal fee), a daytime phone number, your return address, your written signature, and a copy of a valid government-issued photo ID, to 217-523-2648.

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