Illinois Birth Records Search
The Department of Public Health for Illinois handles all birth records. You can quickly obtain a copy of your Illinois birth record with just a couple of steps.
First, Illinois keeps all birth records confidential so only the following people can obtain a copy of yours: you, if you are 18 years or older, your parents or your legal guardian or legal representative.
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You must also verify your identity with one of the following: driver’s license, passport, state-issued photo ID or a military ID.
Social security cards may not be used to verify your identity.
Illinois offers a variety of ways to obtain a copy of your birth record: by mail, fax, online or in person.
If you want to fax in your paperwork, you can do so to 217-523-2648. You will need to pay with a credit card.
You can also use the VitalChek system to order a copy online for faster service, but additional charges may apply.
You can also visit the county clerk’s office in the town where you were born to get a copy.
Types of Illinois Birth Records
Illinois offers a few different birth records for you to purchase.
- Birth Record of a Deceased Individual - this is a legal copy validating the birth of a deceased person.
- Birth Record of a Deceased Infant - this copy is legal for purposes of proving an infant who died was born.
- Certified Copy of Birth Certificate - a certified copy is a legal document that you can use to verify your identity for any educational, government or military purposes.
- Commemorative Birth Certificates - this copy is not for use in legally proving your identity but for informational, decorative purposes only.
Illinois’ current population is 12.77 million people and dropping. Illinois is one of the few seven states whose population is in the red. Their rate of negative growth is -0.17% each year. Illinois is still the fifth largest state in the U.S. according to population statistics.
Chicago is the largest city in the state with over 2,720,546 inhabitants. Twelve other cities each have more than 75,000 people living in them.
Illinois was part of the Northwest Territory purchase established in 1787 and became its own territory in 1809.
Population change from 2010-2016
Population by Gender
There are more women than men in Illinois. The total population of Illinois is estimated at 12,835,726 people with 6,307,101 male and 6,528,625 female. There are 221,524 more more women than men in the state, which is 50.86% of the total population.
The Illinois Gender Ratio is 97 men to 100 women (99:100) or 0.97. State’s gender ratio is lower than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.
Gender ratio in 2016
Total population in 2016
Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016
Illinois Birth Statistics
The state's birth rate decreased to 11.83 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 154,445 total births — the lowest in Illinois history, and lower than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 154,445, 3.91% of the number of nationwide registered births.
State Birth Rate
Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Illinois
Top 5 Counties in Illinois with the lowest/highest Birth Rate
|Top 5 counties in Illinois with the lowest birth rate||Top 5 counties in Illinois with the highest birth rate|
|DeKalb County - 10.46||Peoria County - 13.71|
|Lake County - 10.90||Winnebago County - 12.98|
|Tazewell County - 11.13||Cook County - 12.83|
|Will County - 11.32||Kendall County - 12.79|
|Sangamon County - 11.37||Kane County - 12.62|
Illinois Fertility Rate
In Illinois the fertility rate based on historical data went from 62.61 to 60.62 from 2010-2016, and currently is lower than the crude fertility rate of the US - 60.58 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 27.64 to 28.68.
State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother
Fertility Rate By County
The top reproductive counties of Illinois are Winnebago - 69.74, Peoria - 69.51 and Rock Island - 68.25. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:
|St. Clair County||63.04|
State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age
Where to Obtain an Illinois Birth Certificate
You can visit the Illinois Department of Public Health office to get a copy of your birth certificate. They are located at 925 E. Ridgely Ave., Springfield, Illinois 62702-2737. They are open weekdays between 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The fee for a copy is $10 or $15 depending on the information on it. You will have to pay $2 for each additional copy and $10 for a genealogical copy. A commemorative copy is $40.
You must make your check or money order payable to IDPH. If you order a copy via fax or online, you can pay with a credit card.
If you order by mail, fax or online processing time will be 5-7 days.
Illinois Department of Public Health