IMPORTANT NOTE: ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATES
ARE ONLY AVAILABLE VIA U.S. MAIL AND USING
THE PROCEDURES OUTLINED BELOW.
UNDER THE NEW LAW, ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATES
CANNOT BE ISSUED IN PERSON BY STATE
OR COUNTY VITAL STATISTICS OFFICES.
If you are an adopted person who was born in Illinois before January 1, 1946, you may now request a non-certified copy of your original birth certificate through the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Nothing will be changed or deleted from the non-certified copy of your original birth certificate that is provided to you.
To obtain a non-certified copy of your original birth certificate, you must:
1. Complete a Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate (click here to download this form).
2. Mail the completed Request form, along with a photocopy of your driver's license or other government-issued photo ID and a $15 check or money order made out to the "Illinois Department of Public Health" to:
Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Vital Records
Attn: Illinois Adoption Registry
925 E. Ridgeley Ave.
Springfield, IL 62702-2737
Please note that you are NOT required to sign up with the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange (the “Registry”) to obtain a non-certified copy of your original birth certificate.
However, if one of your birth relatives has already signed up with the Registry and shared updated identifying information, photographs, medical background information, and/or a written statement expressing their wishes regarding contact, the Registry will let you know and send you the forms you'll need to sign up. If you then sign up with the Registry, any information, photographs or written statements that have been left at the Registry will be sent to you at the address on file for you with the Registry.
There is a $15 registration fee associated with the Registry, but registrants who voluntarily complete a two-page medical questionnaire on genetically-transmitted diseases do not have to pay the $15.00 fee.
For additional information about the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange and/or to download the necessary application forms, please click here.
For a listing of the organizations that participated on the Original Birth Certificate Access Oversight Committee, many of which may be able to provide you with additional information on the new law, and/or post-adoption support, search or counseling services, please click here.
The complete text of the new law, Public Act 096-089, can be found here.
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