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Illinois Birth Certificate - How to Get a Copy of Your Illinois Birth Certificate

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If you need a copy of your Illinois birth certificate, you can get a copy from the County Clerk’s office in the county in which you were born. Each county keeps their own records of births and deaths, so you must go through the county to get a copy of your birth certificate, not through the state. If you are unable to go to the County Clerk’s office in person, you may be able to order a copy by mail or online, depending on the county.

State law allows you to purchase a certified copy of your Illinois birth certificate if you are at least 18 years old. If you are younger than that, your parent or legal guardian must obtain the birth certificate for you. When requesting a copy of your birth certificate, you must fill out a form and provide photo identification. The amount of the fee required varies from one county to another.

Fewer than half of the County Clerk’s offices in the state of Illinois have websites, so if you were born in one of the counties that is not online, you will have to call or visit the office to find out how to get a copy of your Illinois birth certificate. To order a birth certificate by mail from one of these counties, you will need to request the form first, then fill it out and return it along with the fee and copies of your ID and any other documentation that may be required.

The methods of ordering and payment vary from county to county because each sets its own laws for the handling of vital records. Some accept online payments, while others simply provide a form you can download and mail in to order your Illinois birth certificate. Here is a rundown of the various Illinois county’s that have information from the County Clerk’s office online.

In Clark, Jackson, Lawrence, Macoupin, Morgan and St. Clair counties, there is a website but it just says to call for information. The website for Marshall county doesn’t even have a section for the County Clerk’s office. The page for vital records on the Mason county website returns a page not found error. In Boone, Clinton DeKalb, DuPage, Henry, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Logan, Macon, Madison, McHenry, McLean, Montgomery, Ogle and Vermilion counties, the website provides a form that can be downloaded and mailed in along with a photocopy of your ID and any other documents that may be required.

In Effingham, Lee and Whiteside counties, a request can be made in writing by mail, but there is no form available to download. The request must be accompanied by a photocopy of your driver’s license along with a check or money order for the record fee. In Adams county, you can get your Illinois birth certificate by downloading the form and either mailing it in with your payment or using the e-pay system and including the payment confirmation number on your form. Bureau, Champagne, Knox, Perry, Sangamon and Stephenson counties also accept orders by mail or e-pay, but when paying electronically the form needs to be submitted by fax.

Kane, Kankakee, Winnebago and Will counties accept requests by mail or through VitalChek online. Peoria county accepts requests by mail or online through e-pay or VitalChek. Piatt and Warren counties offer online ordering through e-pay but does not have a downloadable form for mail orders. In Cook county, you have several options. You can order your birth certificate in person, by phone, by mail, online or at any Currency Exchange location. It is not clear how you provide a copy of your ID if you order by phone, but if you order online through VitalChek, you can either fax a copy of your ID or upload it through the website.

When obtaining your Illinois birth certificate through a third party such as an electronic payment processor or a physical location other than the County Clerk’s office, there is usually a payment processing fee in addition to the normal fee for obtaining a birth certificate. This fee is charged by the third party entity, not by the County Clerk’s office itself.

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