As important as birth certificates are, like many documents they can be lost, damaged, or just wear with age over time. Luckily, you can always request a replacement copy of your birth certificate if you either need an official copy for any applications or if you happen to lose your original. There are a few things you’ll need to have in order to request a new birth certificate though. The most important thing you’ll need is a valid government-issued photo ID. The ID must be clear and readable, and not expired. The list of valid photo ID’s accepted are:
- Driver’s License
- State Issued Photo ID
If your ID is less than 6 months old, you may be required to submit additional identification with your current valid address. These supplementary documents can be one of the following:
- Medical/car insurance card
- Car registration paperwork
- Credit card statement
- Bank statement
- Paycheck stub with imprinted information
- Public assistance card
- Voter’s registration card
- Active duty military ID with issued and expiration dates
- EBT Link Card (Illinois Electronic Benefit Transfer)
How to Get a Birth Certificate in Illinois?
There are multiple ways to go about getting a birth certificate in Illinois. You can submit the required information via mail, fax, online, or in person, each with their own requirements.
In order to request a birth certificate online, you’ll have to click on Start Form in our website to take you to the online request form. From there you’ll fill out the online request for including a picture of your photo ID and any other necessary documents and select your shipping preferences. The cost of having the birth certificate requested online is going to be about the same as having it done via fax.
Illinois Birth Certificate Request
In order to request a birth certificate, you’ll need to be authorized to do so. This basically means that you must either be requesting your own certificate or requesting one on the behalf of an eligible family member. In order to have this authorization approved by the court, you must include your relationship to the person whose birth certificate you are requesting (for example if it is your child who is under the age of 18, or a deceased or elderly parent) as well as the purpose/use of the certificate. Birth certificates are private documents so there are some legal hoops than need to be jumped through in the process of requesting a copy.
Illinois Birth Certificate Application
If you would rather streamline the application process, there are ways to obtain a birth certificate through online services. The streamlined process will ask for the state in which you were born to start with, and then from there narrow it down to the city in which you were born, as well as asking for the name of the hospital, birth certificate number and registration number if known, and lastly the date of birth.
On the next page, it will ask for more information about your specific needs. This includes your name, your relationship to the person whose certificate you are requesting, why you are requesting the certificate, if you would like to have the process expedited, as well as the number of copies you’ll need.
Next, it will ask for the parent information, essentially just the mother’s name (using her maiden name) and the father’s name of the person whose records you’re requesting.
Lastly, it will ask for contact and shipping information on where to send the certificate, as well as a few other questions to confirm the type of certificate you are looking for (genealogical, certified, commemorative, etc).
Once completed, the application will be reviewed and sent back if any changes are necessary, and then it will be sent off for processing. Once processed, your birth certificate will be sent via mail and you’ll be all set.