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Who Can Get a Birth Record?

The DeKalb County Clerk’s office provides certified birth records for individuals born in DeKalb County. Due to the confidential nature of these records, only the individual or their legal parent(s) or guardian(s) may procure these documents, (410 ILCS 535/25). You may request a certified copy of birth records in person, by mail, or online.

To access Genealogical (non-certified) Records, you may do so online at or you may request the record by mail using the Genealogy Request Form. Birth Records are available as genealogical records after 75 years.

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Order online! It’s fast, easy, safe, and convenient. Most orders are processed within 24 to 72 hours. This option includes overnight delivery. 

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When placing an order by mail, please use the below link to print the request form and submit it along with payment and a copy of your ID.

Birth Record Request Form


In the area and need the birth record today? Visit us in person at the Clerk & Recorder’s Office. We accept cash, check, and credit/debit payments.

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What Do I Need?

In order to get a birth record you must be the parent or child named on the record you are requesting. Use the information below to make sure you have everything you need prior to requesting a birth record.

Adoption Information

Once an adoption has been completed, the new record is available in the Illinois county in which the birth took place. The original birth record with the biological parent(s) listed is available as part of a sealed Illinois Department of Public Health file. Please review the  IDPh website and frequently asked questions section for common requests and for information on how to obtain your birth records.