Birth Certificate

Please note the following information about Birth Certificates:

Note:   Any person who with the intention to deceive, willfully uses or attempts to use any certificate of birth or certified copy of a record of birth knowing that such certificate or certified copy was issued upon a record that is false in whole or in part or that relates to the birth of another person, is guilty of a Class 4 felony in the state of Illinois.

To obtain a certified copy of a Birth Certificate, you must be one of the following:

Birth Certificates can be requested in person or through the mail. Please read the following for instructions on request guidelines and procedures:


Requests made in the Office can be paid by Cash or Check (WE DO NOT ACCEPT DEBIT OR CREDIT CARDS):

Requests made through the mail:

* IL Law (ILCS410/535/25(1)) requires advance payment for the searching of genealogical search of files that occurred 75 years ago or more.  This $10.00 search fee is per visit, per Birth and

non-refundable and must be a separate check or money order. The cost per visit is $7.00 for first copy, $2.00 each additional copy of the same Birth Certificate. Please make your check payable to Ford County Clerk.

 Click here (PDF) to print the application to request a copy of a birth record.

Click here (PDF) to print the application to request the birth record of a Deceased individual.




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