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Are Illinois Vital Records Open to the Public?

No. In compliance with Illinois FOIA laws, most vital records, including birth and death records, are not open to the public. According to the provisions of the state’s Vital Records Act, access to records of vital events is restricted to only authorized persons, which include adult subjects, selected family members and legal representatives (of the subject). Ineligible parties may access these records if authorized by an Illinois-state judge. Where the record is required for genealogical purposes, the restrictions may also be waived.

 

What Information Do I Need To Search For Illinois Vital Records Online?

Interested and eligible persons may request access to Illinois vital records by providing information associated with the record. Some of these include:

  • Identifying information about the named subject
  • The full name of the subject's parents or legal guardian
  • The judicial district and approximate date of the vital event
  • Presiding judge (marriage or divorce records)
  • The case file number or license number of the record

Similarly, publicly available records are also managed and disseminated by some third-party aggregate sites. These sites are generally not being limited by geographical record availability and may serve as a reliable jump-off point when researching specific or multiple records. However, third-party sites are not government-sponsored. As such, record availability may differ from official channels. The requesting party may be required to provide:

  • The location of the record in question including city, county, or state where the case was filed.
  • The name of someone involved providing it is a not a juvenile

 

What do I Need to Obtain Illinois Vital Records?

In order to validate a vital record request in Illinois, the requesting party will be required to provide specific documents proving their eligibility to access the record of interest. While requests for informational copies of public vital records do not require any documentation, persons requesting certified or restricted records are required to present a government-issued photo ID and/or court subpoena as well as documents demonstrating a direct and tangible interest in the record requested. The record custodian may also require additional documents, depending on the judicial district where the event occured.

 

What’s the Difference Between a Certified Record and Informational Copy?

Informational copies have no legal authority to establish identity. They are typically issued to members of the public for information and research/genealogical purposes. On the other hand, certified records are legal documents strictly issued to persons who fulfill specific eligibility requirements. These records are usually notarized and bear an embossed seal.

Are Illinois Marriage Records Public Information?

Certified copies of Illinois marriage records are restricted to selected persons. However, informational copies of these records may be accessed for research or genealogical functions. Persons eligible to access certified marriage records include the individuals named on the record, their legal representatives and persons authorized by court order.

 

How Do I Find Marriage Records In Illinois?

Marriage records for unions that occured in the state of Illinois can be obtained by querying the office of the County Clerk in the county where the license was issued. To obtain this record, interested persons may contact the concerned county clerk in person or via mail. Record requests typically require that the requestor provide the information needed to facilitate the record search. This includes:

  • The full names of the parties involved
  • The place and date of the marriage
  • The license number of the record (if known).

Requestors are also required to cover any applicable costs and provide a government issued-ID to confirm their eligibility to access the record.

Similarly, the Illinois Department of Public Health Vital Records Division offers marriage verification services for interested persons. While this does not provide a standard record, the service verifies facts pertaining to different marriages. This includes confirming information such as the full names of the spouses, their birth dates as well as the place and date of the marriage. Requests for marriage verification can be made by completing the Verification Application, which should be delivered along with the appropriate fees to:

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

Are Illinois Divorce Records Public Information?

Illinois divorce records are not public information. While general information regarding the divorce may be open to the public, certified Illinois divorce records are strictly accessible to the registrants, their legal representatives, and persons who can demonstrate a direct and tangible interest in the record.

 

How Do I Find Divorce Records In Illinois?

Requests for Illinois divorce records are processed by the office of the Circuit Court Clerk in the county where the divorce was granted. To obtain a divorce record, interested and eligible persons may contact the office of the concerned court clerk to retrieve information pertaining to the record retrieval process. Typically, the requesting party will be required to provide information necessary for facilitating record searches. This includes the full name of the parties involved, the place and date of the divorce and case file number of court records pertaining to the case.

Requestors are also expected to cover the cost of copies and or certification (if applicable)

Are Illinois Birth Records Public Information?

Illinois birth records are not public record and are strictly available to:

  • The person named on the record (if they are 18 or older)
  • Registrant’s parents or legal guardian
  • The legal representative of either of the above persons.
  • Persons authorized by court order to access the record

 

How Do I Find Illinois Birth Records?

Requests for Illinois birth records can be processed by the Division of Vital Records of the state DPH. These records are also maintained by the County Clerk’s office in the judicial district where the birth occurred. To obtain a birth record from the state's Vital Records Division, interested and eligible persons are required to download and complete the Illinois Birth Record Application. The application must be completed in full, signed and accompanied by the required identification documents and fees indicated on the form. These may then be delivered in person or via mail to:

IDPH Vital Records,
925 E. Ridgely Avenue,
Springfield, IL 62702-2737

Are Illinois Death Records Open To The Public?

Records of deaths which occurred in Illinois are not open to the public. By state law, Illinois death records are strictly available to persons who are immediate relatives of the deceased as well as persons who can prove a ‘personal or property right’ interest that justifies the release of the record. Persons who are neither of the aforementioned must be authorized by a court order or government-operated agency.

 

How Do I Find Death Records In Illinois?

Interested and eligible persons can access Illinois death records by downloading and completing the DPH Death Record Application. Requesters are required to indicate the record required (whether informational/genealogical or certified), and provide the personal information of the deceased, along with details of the event. The completed application must be signed, and accompanied by the indicated fees and ID requirements, and submitted in or via mail to:

IDPH Vital Records,
925 E. Ridgely Avenue,
Springfield, IL 62702-2737

How Do I Find Sealed Vital Records In Illinois?

Sealed vital records in Illinois can be made available to persons who fulfill the state's eligibility requirements. To be eligible to access a restricted record, the requesting party must be the bearer of a court order or subpoena, or receive written and notarized permission(s) from the subject(s) of the record. With these documents, the restrictions placed on sealed records will be waived by the record custodian. However, all other record retrieval requirements must also be met before the requestor is granted access to the record of interest.

Illinois State Archives

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Contact: (773) 832-5217

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Results are based upon available information from state, county and municipal databases, and may not include some or all of the above details.

Illinois

Illinois

  • State Archives hold over 1,000 cubic feet of records.
  • There are 2 levels of Courts: appellate and circuit/ trial.
  • There are 24 judicial circuits in the state, each comprising one or more of Illinois' 102 counties.
  • The Illinois Appellate Court has fifty-four judges serving five districts
  • The highest Court in Illinois is Illinois Supreme Court.
  • The Supreme Court of Illinois is the state supreme court and consists of seven justices including a chief justice

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