You may order a certified copy of a birth, death, marriage or civil union record by fax using your credit card. You must fax your request to the County Clerk's office 847.360.3608 and include specific information required for the document.
All faxes must include:
- Type of credit card, credit card number and expiration date
- Address where the record is to be sent
- The type of delivery method UPS Next Day Air or UPS 2nd Day Air
Note: UPS cannot deliver to a post office box
- Daytime phone number
- Number of copies for each record requested
- Photocopy of valid identification with signature
- Requestor's signature
If you are requesting a death record, please include the following information:
- Deceased's name
- Date and place of death
- Purpose or interest for requesting the record
If you are requesting a marriage record, please include the following information:
- Names of both applicants on marriage license
- Date and place of marriage
If you are requesting a civil union record, please include the following information:
- Names of both applicants on civil union license
- Date and place of civil union
If you are requesting a birth record, please include the following information:
- Name on birth record
- Date of birth
- Father's name
- Mother's maiden name
- The requestor's relationship to person on birth record
In Illinois, you may request a copy of your own birth record if you are over 18, or parents may request a copy of their child's birth record. Other individuals requesting birth records must include, as part of the fax, written authorization from the individual or parent. This authorization MUST be notarized.
A photocopy of the requestor's valid identification with signature must accompany the request.
A request form is located on the VitalChek web page. (The use of this form is NOT REQUIRED. Requests will still be accepted as long as the required information is included in your fax.)
VitalChek accepts Visa, Master Card, American Express or Discover cards.
The County Clerk fee to purchase a birth or marriage record is $8.00 for the first certified copy and $4.00 for each additional certified copy of the same record. The fee for a death record is $12.00 for the first copy and $8.00 for each additional copy. In addition, a $7.00 VitalChek handling fee per order will be charged to your credit card. The total cost for one certified birth or marriage record by UPS 2nd Day Air will be $31.50, or $35.50 for a certified death record. The total cost for one certified birth or marriage record by UPS Next Day Air will be $34.00, or $38.00 for a certified death record. Records will not be sent by U.S. mail.
Beginning April 1st, 2015, the fee for certified copies of birth or marriage records will be $10.00 for the first copy and $4.00 for each additional copy. The fee for a death record will be $14.00 for the first copy and $8.00 for each additional copy.
When requesting the record, please specify the type of delivery you would like. The fee for UPS Next Day Air is $19.00. UPS 2nd Day Air is $16.50. Please note, overnight delivery will not deliver to a post office box. For International rates, please contact the County Clerk's Office 847.377.2411.
Please fax vital record requests to 847.360.3608
For more information or if you have questions, please call 847.377.2411.
Information on requesting records from other counties can be found at the VitalChek web page.