Cook County (IL) Birth Certificate Online

Order a Cook County, Illinois (IL) birth certificate online to avoid long lines at the vital records office. Complete an easy form to get a certified copy of a Chicago, Cook County birth certificate mailed to you.


US Birth Certificates continues to offer its vital records application preparation services during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Many government bureaus are processing online and mail-in applications although they are closed to the general public. Turnaround times in government agencies may be affected during the quarantine.

Applying for a vital records certificate now is advisable since it allows citizens to secure their vital records as soon as possible.

Regardless of whether you need a certified copy of a vital records certificate for a specific need or to keep on file, complete your application today.

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Cook County, IL Birth Certificate Replacement

Nationals born in the city of Chicago or the rest of Cook County are issued an Illinois birth certificate as soon as their birth is officially registered with the county clerk.

This basic legal document is an essential requirement when a Cook County citizen needs to:

A government-issued copy of a birth certificate from the city of Chicago or the rest of Cook County is an official copy of the original document and hence, carries full legal validty.

A copy of birth certificate issued in Cook County (IL) can be used as proof of an individual’s:

  • Identity
  • Age
  • Citizenship

A certified copy of a Cook County birth certificate can be visually distinguished because it carries the registrar’s raised, embossed, impressed, or multicolored seal. An official Cook County, Illinois birth certificate copy also carries the registrar’s signature, as well as the date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office.

If your Cook County, Illinois birth certificate got lost, stolen, or was misplaced or destroyed —even partially— you will need to get a Cook County birth certificate replacement.

The most convenient way to get a legally-valid copy of a Cook County, IL —or other Illinois vital records— is to order online, eliminating the need to wait in line at a vital statistics office.


How to Get an Official Cook County Birth Certificate

To order an official copy of a Cook County (IL) birth certificate:

  1. Fill out the birth certificate application (available by clicking the button on this page) with the required information —be sure to include your phone number
  2. Print and sign it
  3. Mail il to the Illinois vital records office with the required documents, fees, and a self-addressed stamped envelope for your certificate to be mailed to you

Copies of Cook County Birth and Death Certificates may be ordered by posting your application package to the following address:

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

Alternatively, those who wish to have their order filled at the county level, rather than the state level, may send their package to the following address.:

Cook County Clerk's Office
Bureau of Vital Records
P.O. Box 641070
Chicago, IL 60664-1070

Ordering a Cook County, Illinois birth certificate online is quick and easy. The Cook County birth certificate application form takes no more than 10 minutes to complete, and we provide personalized instructions to help you complete it without a hassle.

Once your Chicago, Cook County birth certificate replacement application has been processed, you will receive an official copy of your vital record at home.

You may order a certified copy of a Cook County birth certificate on behalf of another person, as long as you are eligible.

Citizens of Chicago, or the rest of Cook County, who prefer to submit their birth certificate application in person, may do so. Walk-in service is available at the following addresses during office hours and usually entails waiting in line:

Cook County Clerk's Office
Daley Center Birth Certificates
50 W. Washington, Suite CL-25
Chicago, IL 60602

The Cook County Clerk's office keeps official birth records of births that took place in Chicago and suburban Cook County.

Please note that fees may differ depending on whether you are sending your birth certificate application to the state vital records office or the county recorder’s office. Remember to verify and submit the appropriate fees.

Please note that as of May 3rd, 2023, U.S. citizens and residents must have a REAL ID-compliant driving license or ID card to enter federal facilities and board commercial aircrafts. Requirements to obtain a REAL ID may include proof of identity, such as a certified copy of the birth certificate.

Cook County birth certificate copy required information

To get a certified copy of a Cook County, Illinois birth certificate, you will need to complete the online birth certificate application with the following personal data:

  • The full name as stated on the birth certificate
  • The mother's full maiden name
  • The date and place of birth

Required documents for a certified copy of a Cook County birth certificate

Citizens applying for a certified copy of a Cook County birth certificate need to prove their identity.

Applicants submitting their birth certificate application by mail are asked to sign the application form and provide proof of identity.

This can be done providing a photocopy of any of the following documents:

  • Illinois Drivers License
  • Illinois State Identification Card
  • U.S. Military Identification Card
  • Selective Service Card
  • Out-of-State Drivers License
  • U.S. Naturalization Certificate
  • U.S. Immigration Card
  • U.S. Passport

Some applicants may be required to comply with additional conditions or asked to provide other documentation alongside the Cook County birth certificate application, depending on their relationship with the certificate holder.

Who is eligible to apply

Under state law, citizens 18 years of age or older may legally obtain a certified copy of their own Cook County, Illinois birth certificate.

A parent can obtain the Cook County (IL) birth certificate of their child as long as they are listed as a parent on the child's birth certificate.

Court-appointed legal guardians must submit a certified copy of the appointment to request a birth certificate copy of the certificate bearer. Third parties or legal representatives ordering a Cook County birth certificate are required to provide a court order.

How to Request an Apostille for a Cook County Birth Certificate

Citizens born in Chicago or the rest of Cook County, IL, who need to use their birth certificate outside the United States, need to authenticate their document to provide it with legal validity abroad.

Authenticating a Cook County birth certificate is done by obtaining an apostille. This can be done by following 2 simple steps:

  1. Order a certified copy of the Cook County, Illinois birth certificate
  2. Upon receiving the certified copy of the Cook County, IL birth certificate, mail the above to the Illinois Secretary of State's office with the required apostille fee for authentication and a self-addressed postage-paid envelope.

Illinois Authentications Unit street address:

Illinois Secretary of State's Office
Index Department,111 E Monroe St,
Springfield, IL 62756

Cook County Birth Certificate Cost

When ordering a copy of a Chicago, or Cook County, Illinois (IL) birth certificate, it is necessary to pay the appropriate search fee.

The filing fee of each copy of a Cook County, Illinois birth certificate is $15. An additional $3 postage fee will be charged to mail certificates back to the applicant’s address.

It is advisable to order several copies using the same birth certificate application form. Additional copies can be kept on file ready for future use. Extra copies of the same Cook County birth certificate ordered within a single form carry a cost of $2 per document.

Please note checks are not accepted to cover Cook County birth certificate fees.

Free Cook County Birth Certificate Copy

Cook County birth certificate fees are waived for citizens in any of the following situations:

  • Homeless
  • Living in a domestic violence shelter
  • Formerly incarcerated & released in last 90 days

To obtain a fee waiver for Cook County birth certificates, the application form must be submitted with verification from a parole release form or a status certification form completed by an approved human services provider.

Cook County Birth Certificate Processing Times

On average, Cook County birth certificate applications are filled within 20 working days.

Once you have mailed the complete Cook County birth certificate application package, along with the requirements detailed above and the necessary fees, the vital records office will process your request.

You will then receive your certified copy of the Cook County, Illinois IL birth certificate delivered by mail.

Cook County citizens in urgent need of a certified copy of a birth certificate may submit their application in person.

To get a Cook birth certificate copy in person:

  1. Print out the completed application form after filling it out online and sign it
  2. Take it with the required documents and fee to submit it in person at the Cook County Clerk’s office during opening hours

Although this usually requires waiting in line for hours, it may result in same-day delivery if the birth record is found on file.

Illinois Vital Records Offices

The following is a complete list of Vital Records and Public Health offices that can provide birth certificate copies in Illinois.

Keep in mind that the Cook County Clerk’s office may sometimes process requests faster than the state vital records office. However, the fees may vary as well, so please inquire about the exact amount due wherever you decide to submit your Cook County birth certificate application.

FAQs About Cook County Birth Certificates

  • What information do I need to obtain a birth certificate in Cook County, Illinois (IL)?

    To request a certified copy of a Cook County birth certificate, you must be a qualified requestor and fill the form with the following details:

    • Full name on the birth certificate
    • Date and place of birth
    • Full name of father and mother (including mother’s maiden name)
    • Valid identification (current state Driver’s License/photo ID preferred)
    • Reason for requesting the record (marriage, Apostille, school enrollment, etc.)
  • How much does a Cook County birth certificate copy cost?

    Each copy of a government-issued Cook County, Illinois birth certificate carries a fee of $15 per copy.

    It is advisable to order more than one copy of a Cook County birth certificate within the same form to keep on file for future use or for your records. Additional copies of a birth certificate requested within the same order form carry a cost of $4 per document.

    Citizens in difficult situations such as those detailed above are eligible to obtain a copy of their Cook County birth certificate for free.

  • How long does it take to get a birth certificate in Cook County?

    Getting a government-issued copy of a birth certificate in Illinois usually takes 20 working days to process.

    Typos or inconsistencies in the data may cause unnecessary delays or setbacks.

    The surefire way to get a certified copy of a Cook IL birth certificate issued directly is to have our experts revise your application before you mail it. That way, you can be certain it is error-free, and your request won't be rejected.

    Our team can help you avoid the extra hassle so that the Cook County vital records office can send your birth certificate directly to your door on the first try.

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