IDPH - Illinois Department of Public Health

Birth Records

Birth records are not public records and only the following are entitled to receive certified copies:

  • Person named on the record if 18 years of age or older
  • Parent(s) shown on the record
  • Legal guardian or legal representative of the child. Written evidence or guardianship or legal representation is required.

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 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.

What you need to provide

How to order

Types of certificates available


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.

What you need to provide

Types of documents


Create a new birth certificate

Under certain circumstances, new birth certificates can be created.



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