Birth and Death Records Request

Birth and Death Records Request

Obtaining Certified Copies of Birth and Death Records

The Will County Health Department is the official site of the Local Registrar of Vital Records for all births and deaths that occur in Will County.  Certified copies of birth and death records may be needed for identification,insurance and financial issues, proof of residency or paternity, school registration and travel, among others.


 Vital Records Office: Will County Health Department

501 Ella Avenue, Joliet, IL 60433


Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:00pm

(Closed daily from Noon - 1pm)

Holiday Exceptions

Office: 815-727-8639  Fax:815-774-7333

Email address:


Death Records Request

Death records are filed with the Local Registrar by Illinois Licensed Funeral Directors

Death records are filed with the Local Registrar by Illinois licensed Funeral Directors generally within 7 to 10 days after the death.  It is highly recommended that the death record be reviewed for accuracy at the earliest opportunity.  After one year even “minor” corrections become more complicated.

What are Certified Copies of Death Certificates Needed For?

The list is merely a suggestion of some possibilities.

Since everyone has differing estate issues, the list is merely a suggestion of some possibilities.  It may be beneficial to check before ordering your death certificates.

Corrections to Birth and Death Records

Minor versus Major Corrections: Each Situation is Unique and Affected by Many Factors.

The State of Illinois gives the Local Registrars in each county the authority to make “minor” corrections to registered birth and death records within one year of the date the record was registered.  If the item that needs correcting falls into the “major” category, a second correction is needed, or more than one year has elapsed, forms and other documentation will need to be submitted directly to the State of Illinois along with a Notarized Affidavit, which are available at our office.