Birth records are not public records and only the following are entitled to receive certified copies:
The Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records issues two types of certified copies of birth certificates, both of which are suitable for legal purposes. (See Types of certificates available).
If the birth certificate is needed to obtain a PASSPORT, you need to order the "long form certified copy" that costs $15.
If you need an APOSTILLE, contact the Illinois Secretary of State, Index Department at the Illinois Secretary of State's website or call 800-252-8980.
For information about SURROGACY, click here.
Obtain a birth certificate
If you need a copy of an Illinois birth record, and you are entitled to it, you can request it from our office.
Correct a birth certificate
If there is incorrect or missing information on your Illinois birth certificate or your child’s birth certificate, you can request a correction.
Create a new birth certificate
Under certain circumstances, new birth certificates can be created.