Birth Records

Birth records are not public records and only the following are entitled to receive certified copies:

  • Person named on the record if 18 years of age or older
  • Parent(s) shown on the record
  • Legal guardian or legal representative of the child. Written evidence or guardianship or legal representation is required.

The Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records issues 2 types of certified copies of birth certificates, both of which are suitable for legal purposes.

If you need an Apostille, contact the Illinois Secretary of State, Index Department; call 800-252-8980.

Create a New Birth Certificate

Under circumstances of Legitimation, Paternity, Gender Reassignment and Adoption, new birth certificates can be created. For more information on those specific circumstances, please visit their pages by clicking on their links located in the left-hand column.