Birth Certificate

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In order to get a certified copy of your birth certificate, you need to contact the county clerk

in the county where you were born.  If you were born outside of Cook County, you will need

help in getting the address of your birth county.  You can find this information online.


If you were born in Cook County , you can get your birth certificate from the Cook County Clerk’s Office in several ways.  You will need official identification (Driver’s License, State ID, Military ID, etc.), but you may also be able to prove your identity with 2 of the following:

  • Social Security Card

  • Voter registration card (issued within past 90 days)         

  • W-2 form (most recent tax year)         

  • Bank statement (issued within past 90 days)        

  • Utility bill (issued within past 60 days)         

  • Vehicle registration card         

  • Life insurance policy (at least 1 year old)         

  • Checkbook or savings book         

  • Work identification card with photo         

  • Traffic ticket (prior to court hearing)         

  • School identification card with photo         

  • Foreign passport         

  • V.A. (Veterans Affairs) medical card         

  • U.S. issued consulate identification card

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Requesting a Birth Certificate