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.

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 Population

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.

State Population
1 birth every 205 seconds

1 death every 308 seconds

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 states with a lower birth rate than Illinois Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than Illinois
New York - 11.15Wyoming - 12.61
New Jersey - 10.92Alabama - 12.25
Massachusetts - 9.74Arkansas - 13.07
Maine - 9.84Nebraska - 13.93
Wisconsin - 11.35Kentucky - 13.09

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 - 10.46Peoria County - 13.71
Lake County - 10.90Winnebago County - 12.98
Tazewell County - 11.13Cook County - 12.83
Will County - 11.32Kendall County - 12.79
Sangamon County - 11.37Kane 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:

County Fertility rate
LaSalle County67.93
Macon County66.85
Kane County64.99
Kankakee County63.45
St. Clair County63.04
Tazewell County62.94
DuPage County61.17
Madison County60.6
Sangamon County60.08
Cook County59.88
Kendall County59.7
Will County57.74
McHenry County55.06
McLean County49.72
Champaign County45.88
DeKalb County43.67

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

Cost of copy: certified copy: $15.00
certification: $10.00
Organization: Division of Vital Records; Illinois Department of Public Health
Address:925 E Ridgely Avenue, Springfield, IL 62702
Remarks: The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder in the county where the event occurred. A personal check or money order should be made payable to CDPH Vital Records. Please do not send cash. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (916) 445-2684. This will be a recorded message, with an option to talk to a customer service representative. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Illinois Department of Public Health website. In order to obtain a Certified Copy you MUST complete the sworn statement included with the birth certificate application form, sign the statement under penalty of perjury and, your sworn statement must be notarized. If your request indicates that you want a Certified Copy but does not include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will be rejected as incomplete and returned to you without being processed. If you request a Certified Informational Copy of the record, a notarized sworn statement is not required. Please refer to the CDPH website for further information about Informational Copies. Effective November 1, 2013, CDPH - Vital Records is no longer embossing certified copies of records.