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Information on requesting a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate or filing a Birth Parent Preference form

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Original Birth Certificates

Public Act 96-0895 became effective May 21, 2010 and makes it possible for an adult adoptee or surrendered person to obtain a non-certified copy of his or her original birth certificate under certain circumstances. This same Public Act allows some birth parents to specify their wishes with regard to contact and the release of their identifying information. The bill includes the following provisions:

  • As of May 21, 2010, any adult adopted or surrendered person who was born in Illinois before January 1, 1946, may request a non-certified copy of his or her original birth certificate using a special form (see link below.)

  • Beginning January 1, 2011, birth parents of children born on or after January 1, 1946 who were surrendered may file a Birth Parent Preference form with the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange (IARMIE). This form allows the birth parent to express their wishes regarding the release of their identifying information on the original birth certificate and regarding contact.

  • Starting on November 15, 2011, any adult adopted or surrendered person who was born in Illinois on or after January 1, 1946, may request a non-certified copy of his or her original birth certificate.

  • The ability of an adult adopted or surrendered person born on or after January 1, 1946, to obtain identifying information listed on their original birth certificate may depend on whether his or her birth parents have filed forms with the Illinois Adoption Registry stating a preference regarding the release of their identity.

  • If an adult adopted or surrendered person is deceased, their adult child or spouse (if there is a minor child) may request a non-certified copy of the adopted or surrendered person’s original birth certificate. Please note registration with IARMIE will be required before the non-certified copy of the original birth certificate can be released. Click here for the Surviving Relative of a Deceased Adopted Person registration forms.

 

   
FORMS


IARMIE Forms

Birth Parent Registration
(For Child born before 1946)

Birth Parent Preference Packet
(For Child Born on/after 1/1/1946)

Adopted Person Registration

Surrendered Person Registration

Request for a
Non-Certified Copy of an
Original Birth Certificate

Surviving Relatives of Deceased Adopted or Surrendered Person Registration

Surviving Relatives of Deceased Birth Parent Registration

Adoptive Parent Registration

Legal Guardian Registration

Adoption Forms

Certificate of Adoption
with Instructions


Illinois Adoption Registry and
Medical Information Exchange Brochure
- PDF

     
 

THIS FORM is to be used by adopted or surrendered persons to submit a request for a non-certified copy of the original birth certificate. Once completed, the form, along with a legible copy of identification (driver's license, state issued identification card or passport) and a check or money order for $15 (made payable to Illinois Department of Public Health) should be sent to IARMIE.

THIS FORM is to be used by birth parents to specify their wishes regarding contact and the release of their identifying information on the original birth certificate. This form, along with a legible copy of identification (driver’s license, state issued identification card or passport) and either a completed IARMIE Medical Questionnaire form or a check or money order for $15 (made payable to Illinois Department of Public Health) should be sent to the IARMIE .

Either of these forms and required documentation should be sent to :

Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Vital Records
Attention: IARMIE
925 E. Ridgely Ave.
Springfield, IL 62702-2737

Questions may be directed to the Illinois Adoption Registry at 877-323-5299.

Get more information about the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange.


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Frequently Asked Questions

LINKS

Adoption Act
Child Citizenship Act of 2000
Public Act 91-417 - 1999 Illinois Adoption Registry Amendments
Changes to the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange (IARMIE) program
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services - FAQs About Adoption
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services - Confidential Intermediary Program

 
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