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Obtain Death Certificate

NOTICE:

Requests for vital records may be submitted to the IDPH Division of Vital Records via regular mail. Be advised that the processing time for requests is approximately 12 weeks from the time your paperwork is received. You will not receive an update from IDPH during the processing time.

You may contact the county clerk where the event occurred.

Method Description Cost
Mail

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

Submit a check or money order payable to IDPH

$19 - full certified copy
$4 - each additional copy
$10 - genealogical copy
$2 - each additional copy
$10 - research copy
Fax

217-523-2648

(Copies for genealogy must be submitted in writing)

 
Online

To order online, visit VitalChek Network.

A major credit card is required.

(Copies for genealogy must be submitted in writing.)

$19 - full certified copy
$4 - each additional copy
$12.95 - handling fee
$3 - for each additional person in a group order
$19.50 - UPS fee if selected (U.S. only); additional fee (outside the U.S.)
In person    

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 certified copy or 15 business days for a correction. Suggestions for proof of immediate need are:

  • A copy of a travel itinerary or plane tickets, showing the departure date within 30 days of the date on the application
  • A letter stating the urgent need
  • A statement from an insurance agency on its letterhead indicating the need for a death certificate
  • Notice from immigration authority/agency a death certificate is required

NOTICE:

Requests for vital records may be submitted to the IDPH Division of Vital Records via regular mail. Be advised that the processing time for requests is approximately 12 weeks from the time your paperwork is received. You will not receive an update from IDPH during the processing time.

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