Lake County (IL) Birth Certificate Online

Order a Lake County (IL) birth certificate online and avoid waiting in line at the vital records office. Complete an easy form to get a certified copy of your birth certificate mailed to you.


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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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Lake County, Illinois (IL) Birth Certificate Replacement

Citizens born in the Lake County or in the city of Waukegan are issued an Illinois birth certificate as soon as their birth is officially registered.

This essential legal document is a mandatory requirement for several U.S. official processes, such as when a Lake County, Illinois citizens needs to:

  • Obtaining a government-issued identification document, including a US passport, a social security card, a driver’s license, amongst others
  • Enroll in school university, or sports activities Get married

If your Lake County, Illinois birth certificate got lost, stolen, or was misplaced or destroyed —even partially— you will have to obtain a Lake County birth certificate replacement.

Applying for a legally-valid copy of a Lake County, (IL) vital record can conveniently be done online, eliminating the need to wait in line at a vital statistics office.

Ordering a Lake County (IL) birth certificate online is a quick and straightforward procedure. The form takes no more than 10 minutes to complete and we provide personalized instructions to help you complete your birth certificate application with ease.

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

Lake County birth certificate types

These are the specific types of birth certificate copies that can be issued in Lake County:

  • Long-form copy of a Lake County, (IL) birth certificate: a government-issued copy of the original document, the only type that can be used for legal purposes. Also known as Birth certificate long form, or certified copy of a birth certificate.
  • Short-form copy of a Lake County, (IL) birth certificate: an abstract of the birth record that only shows the individual's basic information. Also known as informational copy. It cannot be used for legal purposes.

Long-form authorized copies are the only certificates that can be provided to prove identity, nationality, and age and are necessary for several bureaucratic processes such as applying for a U.S. passport or Social Security number.

Official copies carry the registrar’s raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal, as well as the registrar’s signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office.


How to Get a Certified Birth Certificate in Lake County (IL)

To order an authorized copy of a Lake County (IL) birth certificate:

  • Fill out the birth certificate application (available by clicking the button on this page) with the required information
  • Print and sign it
  • Mail it to the Illinois vital records office with the necessary requirements, a prepaid self-addressed envelope, and payment (as detailed in the personalized instructions you will receive)

Your certified copy will be issued and sent by mail to the address printed on your self-addressed postage-paid envelope.

Copies of a Lake County Birth and Death Certificates may be ordered by mailing your application package to the following address:

Illinois State Department of Health
6 West Washington St.
Illinoispolis, IN 46204

Citizens of the rest of Lake County who prefer to submit their birth certificate application in person, may do so at the following address during walk-in hours.

Lake County Health Department
2900 W 93rd Ave,
Crown Point, IN 46307

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.

Lake County birth certificate requirements

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

  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Full name (as it would appear on the certificate)
  • Mother’s name or parent’s name prior to first marriage
  • Father’s name or parent’s name prior to first marriage

Citizens applying for a certified copy of a Lake County birth certificate need to prove their identity and be over 18 years old.

Proof of identity can be provided using any of the following documents:

  • State of Illinois Driver’s License
  • State of Illinois ID Card
  • Driver’s license issued by another U.S. State
  • Photo State Identification Card issued by another U.S. State
  • U.S. Passport
  • Military ID
  • Department of Correction ID (issued within last 6 months)
  • School ID (must be currently enrolled)
  • Work ID (must be current)
  • Veterans ID
  • (Green) Mexican Consular ID

Who is eligible to apply

An official copy of a Lake County birth certificate can be ordered by:

  • Subject of the birth certificate
  • Mother or father named on the certificate
  • Child of the person the certificate refers to
  • Spouse of the registrant
  • Sibling of the person the certificate refers to
  • Grandchild of the certificate’s subject
  • Maternal or paternal grandparent of the person named on the record
  • Legal guardian or the legal representative of the certificate’s subject
  • Legal representative of the registrant’s parent, adoptive parent, or guardian

Please note that the documentation that must be presented alongside the Lake County birth certificate application may vary depending on the person requesting the vital record.

How to Request an Apostille for a Lake County Birth Certificate

If you need to use your birth certificate outside the U.S territory, your document should bear an apostille to grant it legal validity abroad.

This can be obtained by mail. Simply send your official birth certificate, together with the apostille fee to the Secretary of State’s office in a self-addressed postage-paid envelope. Make sure to have Certificate of Authentication Request at hand. Certain counties may have additional requirements.

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

Lake County Birth Certificate Cost

Requesting a copy of a Lake County, Illinois (IL) birth certificate carries a fee. The filing fee of each copy of a Lake County, Illinois birth certificate is $15. If ordered to Illinois state office the fee is $10. If an extra copy is needed from state office, the cost is Not Available

Accepted payment methods include personal checks, money orders, cashier checks, and business checks.

Please note that the fee for your Lake County birth certificate application may vary depending on whether you submit it at the state vital records office or at the county vital records office.


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Lake County Birth Certificate Processing Times

In most cases, your Lake County birth certificate order will be filled within 6-8 weeks. However, some vital records may take longer due to peak demand periods.

You will then receive your certified copy of the birth certificate by post, delivered right to your door. Once you have mailed the application, along with a copy of a photo ID and the fees, the vital records office will process your request.

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 Lake County (IL) Birth Certificates

  • How long does it take to get a birth certificate inLake County, (IL)?

    Getting a government-issued copy of a birth certificate in Lake County usually takes 6-8 weeks.

    The surefire way to get a certified copy of a Lake County (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.

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

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

  • How much does a Lake County birth certificate copy cost?

    Each copy of a government-issued Lake County, Illinois (IL) birth certificate carries a fee of $10.

    It is advisable to order more than one copy of a Lake 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 the same fees as the first document.

  • How can I change the name on a Lake County birth certificate?

    To modify a citizen’s name on a Lake County birth certificate you will first need to order a certified copy of the birth certificate you would like to amend.

    Then you will need to present the above alongside the certified copy of the Lake County birth certificate you would like to modify and the appropriate fees at the following address:

    • Illinois Department of Health
    • 925 East Ridgely Avenue
    • Springfield, IL 62702
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