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Application for verification of dissolution of marriage record files

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  Dissolution of Marriage Records

  How can I get a copy of a dissolution of marriage decree? Top of Page

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Division of Vital Records does not issue certified copies of dissolution of marriage records. Certified copies are available from the circuit court clerk in the county where the dissolution of marriage was granted.

For a $5 fee, IDPH, Division of Vital Records can verify the facts of a dissolution of marriage that has taken place from 1962 through the current index date available. Dissolution of marriage indexes can only be searched by the husband's last name. Verifications can be obtained by mail, by fax or in person.

  What can I use if I don't have a current/valid photo ID? Top of Page

If you do not have a valid photo id, such as a drivers license or state issued photo identification (ID), we need TWO pieces of documentation with your name, one of which must show your current address, to prove your identity.  ONE piece of documentation can be a bill or other mail.  The OTHER piece of documentation must be one of the following items listed below:

  • Medical/car insurance card
  • Car registration paperwork
  • Credit card statement
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck stub with imprinted information
  • Public assistance card
  • Voter’s registration card
  • Active duty military ID with issued and expiration dates

Matricula Consular card issued after October 2006 is acceptable on its own.  However, if issued prior to October 2006, we need ONE additional documentation showing current address as noted above.  If you do not have any of the items listed above, please submit a copy of a current utility bill (electricity, cellular phone, water, etc) showing your name and your current address.

If your driver’s license is expired and you have an extension sticker on the back, you must submit a copy of both sides.

If you have an expired driver’s license that is no more than six months expired, we need ONE additional documentation showing your name and your current address.

If you are currently incarcerated, you can submit a dated copy of your prison intake/offender summary sheet containing your photo.  If you have been released from prison within the last six months, we will accept a copy of the release papers along with the prison photo ID.

If you are writing from a state or federal agency, you can submit a copy of your photo work badge.

If you are writing from a hospital, you can submit a copy of your photo work badge.

SOCIAL SECURITY CARDS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE.

  What information on a dissolution of marriage can I get from you? Top of Page

A verification of the parties to the dissolution of marriage and the date and place it was filed.

  Who is entitled to this information? Top of Page

Anyone can get this information.

  How much does it cost? Top of Page

The verification fee is $5. Payment can be made by check or money order payable to the "Illinois Department of Public Health" (Do not send cash) or with a credit card. Please note that there is a $10 handling charge and $19.50 UPS return delivery fee for credit card transactions only.

  Can I pay with a credit card and is there an additional fee? Top of Page

Yes, you can use a credit card. There is an additional $10 handling charge and $19.50 UPS return delivery fee for credit card transactions only.

  What should I do if I can't download the form? Top of Page

The forms on this Web site are in PDF format. To view PDF documents, you need a copy of the Adobe Acrobat Reader Software. If after downloading the Adobe Acrobat Reader Software you continue to have problems downloading the form, you can request the verification by writing to:

Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Vital Records
925 East Ridgely Ave.
Springfield, IL 62702-2737

The letter must include:

  • The names of both parties (wife's maiden name);
  • The date of the dissolution of marriage, if known;
  • The place of the dissolution of marriage, if known;
  • A money order or check made payable to the "Illinois Department of Public Health" for the $5 fee (If you want to pay by credit card, please include your credit card number and expiration date; and a daytime phone number, including area code, should it be necessary to contact you about the request.);
  • Your return address; and
  • Your written signature.
  • A legible/readable copy of your valid photo identification card. If not provided, unreadable or expired, the request will be returned unprocessed.

  Can you tell me if a marriage has been annulled or dissolved without
ordering a verification?
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No, a search fee is required in advance of any processing of a request.

  I didn't get what I wanted. How do I get a refund? Top of Page

Search fees are not refundable. Most refunds result when customers are unable to supply the documentation necessary to complete the request. If you believe you qualify for a refund, you can write to:

Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Vital Records
925 East Ridgely Ave.
Springfield, IL 62702-2737

 
 

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