In addition to the county vital records departments, the Illinois Department of Public Health manages and archives birth and death
records from 1916 and marriage and divorce records from 1962. Birth and death certificates come in two versions, a computer abstract
fora fee of $10 a search and $2 each additional copy or a certified exact copy for $15 dollars and $2 each additional copy.
Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Vital Records
925 East Ridgely Ave.
Springfield, IL 62702-2737
• Birth Record Application (PDF)
• Death Record Application (PDF)
The state can provide verification of marriages and divorces but does not provide certified copies. Contact the county clerk of court
from the county in which the event was filed to receive a certificate. Marriage and divorce verifications cost $5 dollars a search/copy
from the Public Health Department.
• Marriage Verification Form (PDF)
• Divorce Verification Form (PDF)
The state runs an agency known as the IARMIE (Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange) to help adoptees and
birth families exchange information. Medical records can be shared while still being anonymous or participants can volunteer
to give full disclosure of contact information. All adoption records are considered confidential information otherwise.
• Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange