IDPH - Illinois Department of Public Health

Obtain a 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 in its entirety and submit it along with:

A valid government issued photo identification (If not provided, unreadable or expired, the request will be returned unprocessed.)

The required fee. For information about fees, click here.

How to Order

You may contact the county clerk where the event occurred. Click here for the list of county clerks.

Method Description Cost
Mail Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Vital Records
925 East Ridgely Avenue
Springfield, Illinois 62702-2737

Submit check or money order payable to IDPH

$15 - long form certified copy
$10- short form certified copy
$2 each additional copy
$10 - genealogical copy
Fax

217-523-2648

A major credit card is required.

$15 - long form certified copy
$2 each additional copy
$10 handling fee
$3 fee for each additional person in a group order
$19.50 UPS fee, if selected (U.S. only) Additional fee for out of country
Online Click here to order on-line using the services of VitalChek Network, Inc.

A major credit card is required.

$15 - long form certified copy
$2 each additional copy
$10 handling fee
$3 fee for each additional person in a group order
$19.50 UPS fee, if selected (U.S. only) Additional fee for out of country

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

Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Vital Records
925 East Ridgely Avenue
Springfield, Illinois 62702

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

$15 - long form certified copy
$10- short form certified copy
$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 five to seven 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

Types of certificates available

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

The "long form certified copy" (8.5x11) lists all available items from the original birth certificate. The fee for this record is $15 and $2 for each additional copy of the same record requested at the same time.

The "short form certified copy" (8x7) lists specific available items from the original birth certificate: 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 place of birth (state/country), father/co-parent’s age, file date, date issued and State File number. The fee for this record is $10 and $2 for each additional copy of the same record requested at the same time.

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 each copy.
    • The proceeds are equally divided between the Illinois Child Abuse Prevention Fund and the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence.