Correct Birth Certificate

What You Need to Provide

Birth certificates can be corrected under certain circumstances prescribed by the Vital Records Act (410 ILCS 535) and 77 Ill. Adm. Code, Part 500. Every request is unique.

Every person authorized to request a correction must complete an picture_as_pdfAffidavit and Certificate of Correction Request. Completely fill out the form. Submit it with the following information: Because each request is different, additional documentation will be required and may vary according to the type of correction requested. For examples of documents that may prove the facts, see below. You must send:

  • A valid government issued photo identification (ID) that must be readable and is not expired/out of date (if an ID is not provided, unreadable, or expired, the request will be returned unprocessed).
  • Learn more about valid IDs
  • Learn more about the required costs/fees

Types of Documents

The documents listed below are provided as general guidelines. Any of the document(s) selected must have been created prior to the age of 19 and show the date of birth and the person’s name exactly as the customer wants it to appear on the birth record. In cases when the documentation provided does not clearly support the change requested, you may need to obtain a court order.

Type of Correction Requested

First Name

Suggested Documents:

  • Baptismal record
  • School records
  • Applicant's marriage/civil union record or license
  • Applicant's military ID with expiration date
  • Applicant's dated Social Security records (Numerical Identification System {numident} or earnings statement) (Do not send your Social Security card)
  • Child's birth record
  • Immunization or clinic records

Middle Name

Suggested Documents:

  • Baptismal record
  • School records
  • Applicant's marriage/civil union record or license
  • Applicant's military ID with expiration date
  • Applicant's dated Social Security records (numident or earnings statement) (Do not send your Social Security card)
  • Child's birth record
  • Immunization or clinic records

Last Name

Suggested Documents:

  • Parents' marriage/civil union record (if married/in a civil union prior to applicant's birth)
  • Father/co-parent's naturalization certificate
  • Father/co-parent's birth record (if filed prior to applicant's birth)
  • Birth record of older sibling (if filed prior to applicant's birth)

Parent's Name

Suggested Documents:

  • Parents' marriage/civil union record or license
  • Parents' birth record(s)
  • Parents' naturalization certificate

Date of Birth

Suggested Documents:

  • Hospital records
  • Baptismal record
  • School records
  • Immunization or clinic records