Effective March 18, 2020, our office is closed to the public and remains closed until further notice. We currently have limited staff on site daily and are processing requests as quickly as possible with the staff available.
Requests for vital records may still be submitted to our office via regular mail. Please be advised that due to the closure notice and limited staff, the processing and completion of requests are delayed, and we are currently processing at 12+ weeks from the receipt of the request.
If the biological parents of a child are not married/in a civil union, are both available to sign forms and no other man is listed on the birth certificate, a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity (VAP) form is completed. This form is available from a county clerk, health department, and public aid (HFS) office, or it may be found at Child Support Services.
If the biological parents are not married/in a civil union and either parent is NOT available to sign forms, a Court Order of Paternity is required. Contact your local court system for further details.
If a court has determined who the biological father/co-parent of a child is and you have a Court Order of Paternity, submit the picture_as_pdfAffidavit and Certificate of Correction Request form and a certified copy of the court order of paternity. You can obtain a certified copy from the circuit clerk's office. The court order will not be returned to you; it becomes part of the sealed file.
You also will need to include the following:
- The father/co-parent's full name
- The father/co-parent's date of birth
- The father/co-parent's place of birth (state or country if other than the United States)
- The father/co-parent's Social Security number
- A copy of the valid/non-expired government issued photo IDs of both mother/co-parent and father/co-parent
- Learn more about the required costs/fees
NOTE: A copy of DNA results are not acceptable as proof of paternity.