How to Find Illinois Death Records
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:
Youll need to include as much information as possible including:
Full name of the deceased
Date of death
City and county where the death occurred
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
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
An adult must be present to accept and sign for the UPS delivery. Post
office boxes are not acceptable return addresses when using this
How to Apply By Fax:
Fax your completed death records search application to 217-523-2648
Credit card number, expiration date
Your daytime phone number including area code
Your return address for mailing the certificates
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
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
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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