Illinois death records are not considered public records and are only made available in certain circumstances. Family members and people who have a valid interest in the deceased’s estate can order them from the Illinois Department of Public Health or the county clerk’s office in the area where the death occurred. The other option is to go online to order a death record from a website which can access this information for you.
When you order a death record in Illinois, you will need to provide the following information:
• Full name of the deceased
• Date of death
• City and county where the person died (if known)
You will also need to explain your relationship to the deceased and the reason you want to order a copy of his or her death record. Your request must also be accompanied by a legible copy of your photo ID.
If you don’t have a driver’s license or state-issued photo ID, you will be asked to show two documents (one of which must show your address) instead. A bill or other piece of mail may be used for one document, and the other may be one of the following:
• Vehicle registration
• Bank statement
• Pay stub
• Voter registration card
• Credit card statement
• Medical or car insurance card
• Public assistance card
Order an Illinois Death Record in Person
Counter service is available for in-person orders by visiting the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Division of Vital Records Office at:
925 East Ridgely Avenue
The office is open to the public Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. You will need to show valid ID when placing your order, which will be processed and mailed out within three business days.
Online and Fax Orders for Illinois Death Records
All online orders are processed within seven business days. After processing, next-day delivery via UPS is available at an additional cost of $19.50.
If you would like to place your order by fax, send your request to 217-523-2648. You will need to provide your credit card number, the expiry date and a daytime phone number. An additional $10.00 credit card handling charge will be added to your bill, as well as the UPS charge of $19.50.
Order Illinois Death Records by Mail
To order an Illinois death record by mail, you would send the information required to retrieve the information, along with a check or money order payable to the “Illinois Department of Public Health” to:
Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Vital Records
925 East Ridgely Ave.
Springfield, IL 62702-2737
Processing time for orders received by mail is approximately four-six weeks.
The fastest way to get an Illinois death record will be to order one from a vital records website. These orders can be processed quickly and you will receive the information without delay.