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Death Records in Illinois

The Illinois Department of Public Health maintains the state's records on deaths. Death records first began to be collected by the Department in 1916, including some delayed records that date back to the mid-1800s. Records prior to 1916 can be requested through the County Clerk of the county where the death occurred.

Who May Apply for a Death Record:

Illinois death records are confidential records and you must be eligible to request a copy. In order to be eligible, you must have a personal or property right interest with the deceased. If you are not a relative, you must include a letter or other document from the office or agency that needs the death certificate.

How to Apply for a Death Record:

All requests must be in writing. For your convenience you may download an Application for Search of Death Record Files here:

http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/vital/pdf/deathfrm.pdf

You’ll need to include as much information as possible including:

• Full name of the deceased
• Date of death
• City and county where the death occurred
• Parents’ names
• Your relationship to the deceased
• Reason for requesting the record
• Legible copy of your valid photo identification card

You can apply for a death record in person, by mail, by fax or online.

How to Apply in Person:

You can drop off your application in person at:
The Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Vital Records
605 W. Jefferson St., Springfield
Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (excluding holidays)

You will need to present a picture ID proving your identity and state your relationship to the deceased. If you are eligible to request the record, the certified copies of the death record will be mailed within two business days.

How to Apply By Mail:

To apply for a death record by mail, download the application, fill it out and send it along with a check or money made out to the "Illinois Department of Public Health" to:
Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Vital Records
605 W. Jefferson St.
Springfield, IL 62702-5097
Be sure to sign the application for the death record and enclose a legible photocopy of your valid picture ID.
How to Apply Online:

To apply for a death record online, you can use the www.VitalChek.com web service. This vital records service allows you to place an order an Illinois death record over the internet and pay with a credit card. You will incur additional fees when using this service. For example, an $8.50 handling fee and a $14.50 UPS next day delivery fee are typical charges. These orders usually take three to four business days to process. Eligibility requirements must be met before the records are released.

An adult must be present to accept and sign for the UPS delivery. Post office boxes are not acceptable return addresses when using this service.

How to Apply By Fax:

Fax your completed death records search application to 217-523-2648 along with:
• Credit card number, expiration date
• Your daytime phone number including area code
• Your return address for mailing the certificates
• Your signature
• Legible photocopy of your valid photo identification

The fax service is also a service of Vital Chek. You will incur additional fees such as an $8.50 handling fee and a $14.50 UPS next day delivery fee.

Faxed orders usually take three to four business days for processing. Eligibility requirements must be met before the death records are released. As with online orders, an adult must be present to sign for the delivery.

Fees:

Certified copies cost $17. Genealogical, uncertified copies are available for $10 if the death occurred more than twenty years prior to the request. Additional copies of either ar $2 each if ordered at the same time as the original request. If no record is found, the $10 search fee is kept and a no record statement is issued.

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