Order Your Illinois (IL) Birth Certificate Online

Don’t waste time applying at your local government office! Order your certified Illinois (IL) birth certificate right now from the comfort of your own home.

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Illinois State Birth Certificate Application

A birth certificate is an indispensable document issued to U.S. citizens to help them prove their identity and citizenship throughout their lives. You will need a certified copy of your Illinois Birth Certificate to do things like apply for a driver’s license or passport, enroll in school, and even get married.

Fortunately, if you don’t have one, it’s easy to get a certified copy of your birth certificate online. Just use our convenient online application, follow the personalized instructions, then have your birth certificate mailed to your home. No need to wait in line at the Vital Records office.

If your birth certificate was lost, destroyed, damaged or stolen, it’s simple and fast to apply for a certified, legally valid copy online. By applying online, you can skip the trip to your vital records office and avoid waiting in line for hours. Our online birth certificate application is easy to complete and only takes a few minutes.

However, Illinois does offer two different types of birth certificate copies, and it’s important to find out which one you need.

Long-form: a certified copy of a birth certificate is an official, legally-valid copy that contains the registrar’s raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal, the registrar’s signature, and the date the certificate was filed.

Short-form: an informational copy of a birth certificate will clearly state that it is “Informational, not a valid document to establish identity.” It cannot be used for any official purposes.

So, if you’re going to be applying for a passport, Social Security card, or driver’s license, or getting married or enrolling in school, you should apply for a certified copy of your birth certificate today. That way, you’ll know you have it when you need it.

First, you’ll need to fill out an Illinois birth certificate replacement application with the following information:

  • Full legal name at birth
  • Gender at birth
  • Place and date of birth
  • Why you need the certificate
  • Your parents’ full names, including your mother’s maiden name

Then, all you have to do is print and sign your application and mail it to the Illinois vital records office.

How to Get A Birth Certificate Copy in Illinois

It’s now very simple to get an Illinois birth certificate using the online application system. You just answer a few questions, wait for your revised application, print the form, and sign it.

Then, you’ll send your completed application, along with a copy of a valid photo ID and payment for the processing fees, to the Illinois vital records office.

You should also be aware that, starting October 1st, 2021, you must have a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID card to fly within the U.S. and to access federal facilities. There are some additional requirements to get a REAL ID, including providing proof of identity and citizenship, which you can easily do with a certified copy of your birth certificate.

Who is eligible to apply?

Birth records are restricted in Illinois. You can only apply for a birth certificate for yourself, your child, or an immediate family member. You may also apply on behalf of an individual if you are their legal guardian or legal representative, or you have a court order.

Your Illinois birth certificate is an important form of identification that you may need in order to start a new job, apply for or renew a passport or driver’s license, apply for government benefits, or sign up for school or sports.

Illinois Birth Certificate Requirements

To apply for a copy of an Illinois birth certificate, you will need to fill out an application and mail it to the Illinois vital records office. You will also need to prove your identity by including a clear photocopy, of both sides, of one of the forms of photo ID listed below, along with your completed application form.

  • U.S. driver’s license
  • State-issued ID card
  • U.S. Passport

If you are applying for a birth certificate for someone other than yourself or your child, you must include proof of your relationship to the person on record.

Mail your complete application package to:

Illinois Department of Public Health

Division of Vital Records

925 E. Ridgely Avenue

Springfield, IL 62702-2737

Illinois Birth Certificate Fees

Illinois charges a $15 fee to apply for a single copy of a birth certificate, and each additional copy is $2. You must include the full payment with your application.

Processing Time for an Illinois Birth Certificate

Our online service lets you skip the long lines and red tape at your local government office, saving you time and hassle. Simply complete our short application, wait for our experts to assemble your application package, then follow the included instructions to submit your application to the Illinois vital records office. Once it’s processed, the vital records office will mail your birth certificate to you. In most cases, birth certificate applications in Illinois are processed within 5-7 business days. However, applications may take longer during peak request periods.

If you need a certified copy of your Illinois birth certificate, we recommend applying early to avoid delays. This will ensure that you get your certificate in time to apply for travel documents and passports, enroll in school or sign up for a sport, or start a new job.

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Illinois Vital Records offices

The Vital Records and Health offices can issue Birth Certificate copies in Illinois. You may be able to get your birth certificate faster from an office in a smaller, more rural county.

Illinois Vital Records offices

Illinois Dept. Of Public Health

Division Of Vital Records, 925 E Ridgely Avenue, Springfield, IL 62702-5097

Champaign County Clerk

1776 E. Washington, Urbana, IL 61802

Cook County Clerk

50 W. Washington, Daley Center, East Concourse, CL25 Lower Level, Chicago, IL 60602

DuPage County Clerk

421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187

Kane County Clerk (Main)

719 S. Batavia Avenue, Geneva, IL 60134

Kane County Clerk (Aurora)

5 E. Downer Pl., Suite F, Aurora, IL 60505​

Lake County Clerk

County Court House, 18 North County Street, Waukegan, IL 60085

Madison County Clerk

157 North Main Street, Rm # 109, Edwardsville, IL 62025

McHenry County Clerk

2200 North Seminary Ave, Woodstock, IL 60098

St. Clair County Clerk

10 Public Square, Belleville, IL 62220

Will County Clerk

302 North Chicago Street, Joliet, IL 60432

Winnebago County Clerk

404 Elm Street, Room #103, Rockford, IL 61101

FAQs about Illinois Birth Certificates

How do I apply for a birth certificate copy in Illinois?

Our online application is the fastest way to apply for a certified copy of your Illinois birth certificate. All you have to do is:

  • Fill out the Illinois birth certificate application online. Our experts will review your application and make sure it is error-free, so your birth certificate can be issued directly.
  • Print, sign and pack your completed form, along with photocopies of your government-issued photo ID (see acceptable ID’s above).
  • Mail your application to the Illinois vital records office, along with all required documents and

The Illinois Bureau of Vital Statistics will process your application and send your birth certificate to your home address.

How long does it take to get an Illinois birth certificate?

Processing time for a certified copy of a Illinois birth certificate may vary depending on how you apply:

  • Mail-in orders take approximately 5-7 business days.
  • In-person applications usually require you to wait in line at your local office. You can contact your vital records office to enquire about operating hours and wait times.

To get the quickest turnaround time and avoid delays:

  • Fill out our online birth certificate application.
  • Our experts will verify your form to make sure it is error-free and will be accepted.
  • Follow the personalized instructions to submit your application and have your official Illinois birth certificate mailed to your home.

How much is a birth certificate in Illinois?

To get a certified copy of an Illinois birth certificate, you will have to pay the state fee of $15 (plus $2 for each additional copy).

Birth certificate application fees must be paid when submitting your application.

We recommend that you order multiple copies of your birth certificate, to ensure that you always have one available when you need it.

What documents do I need to get my birth certificate?

To apply for a certified copy of a birth certificate in Illinois, you will need:

  • A completed birth certificate application Our experts will review your form and check for errors.
  • Photocopies of both sides of a government-issued photo ID (see list of acceptable IDs above)
  • Payment of $15 for the state fee (plus $2 for each additional copy).

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You can order your birth certificate using our secure online service and completing our simple application process in just 5 minutes. We will save you time and hassle and thanks to our expert assistance you know you’ll get exactly what you want.

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