Obtain Birth Certificate

What You Need to Provide

In order to request a copy of a birth certificate you must complete the form Application for Search of Birth Record Files. To learn more, see FORMS located in the right-hand column. Completely fill out the form. Submit it with the following information: 

A valid government issued photo identification (ID) that must be readable and is not expired/out of date (if an ID is not provided, unreadable, or expired, the request will be returned unprocessed).

To learn more about valid IDs, see RESOURCES in the right-hand column and click on IDs

To learn more about the required costs/fees, see RESOURCES in the right-hand column and click on Costs/Fees

How to Order

You may contact the county clerk where the event occurred. To locate your county clerk, see RESOURCES in the right-hand column and click on List of County Clerks.

Method

Description

Cost

Mail

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

Submit check or money order payable to IDPH

$10 - certified copy with the following items: name, date of birth, sex, place of birth, mother/co-parent’s maiden name, mother/co-parent’s place of birth, mother/co-parent’s age, father/co-parent’s name, father/co-parent’s place of birth, father/co-parent’s age, file date, date issued and State File number

$15 - certified copy with information collected at time of birth (information has varied throughout the years)

$2 each additional copy

$10 - genealogical copy

Fax

217-523-2648

A major credit card is required.

$15 - form certified copy with all information collected at time of birth (information has varied throughout the years)

$2 - each additional copy
$12.95 - handling fee
$3 - each additional person in a group order
$19.50 - UPS fee if selected (U.S. only); additional fee (outside the U.S.)

Online

To order online, see RESOURCES in the right-hand column and click on VitalChek Network.

A major credit card is required.

$15 - certified copy with all information collected at time of birth (information has varied throughout the years)

$2 - each additional copy
$12.95 - handling fee
$3 - each additional person in a group order
$19.50 - UPS fee if selected (U.S. only); additional fee (outside the U.S.)

In person

Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

Exact cash, personal check, money order, or debit/credit card (except Visa credit card) is accepted.

$10 - certified copy with the following items: name, date of birth, sex, place of birth, mother/co-parent’s maiden name, mother/co-parent’s place of birth, mother/co-parent’s age, father/co-parent’s name, father/co-parent’s place of birth, father/co-parent’s age, file date, date issued and State File number

$15 - certified copy with all information collected at time of birth (information has varied throughout the years)

$2 each additional copy

$10 - genealogical copy

If your request is urgent, submit it through any type of an overnight delivery service, with proof of immediate need, and a prepaid overnight delivery return envelope. Requests for certificates will be processed within 5 to 7 business days (for a copy of a certificate) or within 15 business days (for a correction). As proof of immediate need include one of the following:

  • A copy of a travel itinerary or plane tickets, showing the departure date within 30 days of the date on the application
  • A statement from an insurance agency on its letterhead indicating coverage will be cancelled or someone won't be added without a birth certificate
  • A statement from a school on its letterhead indicating a child will not be allowed to attend school without a copy of the birth certificate
  • Notice from immigration authority/agency that a birth certificate is required
  • A statement on letterhead from your employer or potential employer, indicating you will not be granted employment or will have to leave employment unless a copy of the birth certificate is provided
  • A statement on letterhead from a driver’s license facility indicating a birth certificate is required to obtain a driver’s license

Certified copies of birth certificates available - suitable for legal purposes.

For $10 for the first copy of a birth certificate and $2 for each additional copy of the same certificate requested at the same time, you will obtain a birth certificate with the following items: child’s name; date of birth; sex; place of birth (city, county, state); mother/co-parent’s maiden name; mother/co-parent’s place of birth (state/country); mother/co-parent’s age; father/co-parent’s name; father/co-parent’s place of birth (state/country); father/co-parent’s age; file date; date issued; and state file number.

For $15 for the first copy of a birth certificate and $2 for each additional copy of the same certificate requested at the same time, you will obtain a birth certificate with information collected at the time of your birth (information has varied throughout the years).

Other Certificates:

  • Birth Record of a Deceased Individual
  • Birth Record of a Deceased Infant
  • Commemorative Birth Certificates
    • The fee for a commemorative birth certificate is $40 for each copy.
    • The proceeds are equally divided between the Illinois Child Abuse Prevention Fund and the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence.