Illinois death records are maintained by the Illinois Vital Records Division of the Illinois Department of Public Health. The aforementioned Vital Records Division maintains death records of 1916-present. As they are not public records, only the parents, spouse, or children of the deceased can obtain the Illinois Death Records. In addition to aforementioned relatives of a deceased, an Illinois Death Record can be obtained by people with a court order, documented medical need or a documented legal right. The Illinois Vital Records Division offers two types of death records: certified and non-certified. You can also view death records online through 3rd party databases however they will typically not be certified copies.
It is important to keep in mind that the Department of Public Health does not maintain records of deaths that occurred in Illinois before 1916. If you want pre-1916 Illinois Death Records then you’ll have to visit the Illinois county where the death occurred. There are four ways for you to obtain death records in Illinois: in person, by mail, by fax and online. Following is how you can obtain the Illinois Death Records through each way.
The first way of obtaining death records in Illinois is by mail. How can you make a request for and obtain Illinois Death Records through mail. To make a mail request for Illinois Death Records, complete and mail the Application for Search of Death Record Files along with a copy of valid photo ID and a self-addressed envelope to:
Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Vital Records
925 E. Ridgely Avenue
Springfield, Illinois 62702-2737
In addition to the aforementioned documents, mail a pay order or check for the fee to above-mentioned address. The fee for the record will vary depending on whether you want a certified or a non-certified record. The fee for the certified record is $19 while the fee for non-certified record is $10.
To make an in person request for the record, visit the local Illinois Department of Public Health office, complete the Application for Search of Death Record Files and pay the relevant fee.
Another way for you to make a request for death records in Illinois is by fax. To make a fax request for Illinois Death Records, complete the aforementioned application and fax it to 217-523-2648.
To make an online request for an Illinois death record that you need, visit the website of Vitalcheck, and submit an online request for the record. Once you’ve submitted a request, they will send you a confirmation email asking you to verify your identity. After you submit the required documents, VitalCheck will take 1 to 2 days to process your application and provide you the death record you want.
Another way to obtain death records in Illinois is online through public databases. To find out more about how you can obtain death records in Illinois, call the Illinois Department of Public Health at 217-782-7860.