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County Clerk: Birth Records

Peoria County keeps official birth records for births that occurred within Peoria County.

Access to birth records is restricted. Your birth record may be issued only to the following people:

  • Yourself (if you are at least 18 years of age).
  • A Parent listed on the record or Legal Guardian (with proof of guardianship).
  • A person authorized by your notarized consent to obtain the record.

Exceptions to these restrictions apply to those interested in Genealogical Research

 

HOW TO OBTAIN A CERTIFIED BIRTH RECORD

In Person:

  • Government issued photo ID
  • $16 for first certified copy, $7 for an additional copy of the same record, at the same time
  • Payment method: cash, debit/credit card ($2.50 transaction fee applies up to $50, additional fees apply above $50), personal check (check must include Driver’s License Number and State where issued, if not Illinois, add your phone number)
  • Office hours: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday
  • Office location: 324 Main Street, Room 101, Peoria, IL 61602

By Mail:

Include the following items:

  • A completed Application for Vital Records Search.  
  • A photocopy of a government issued photo ID with signature
  • A check (check must include your Driver’s License Number and State where issued, if not Illinois, and your phone number), money order or cashier’s check made payable to: Peoria County Clerk.  Please do not send cash.
  • $16 for first certified copy, $7 for an additional copy of the same record
  • Requested record(s) will be shipped within two weeks of your request once proper documentation and payment have been received.

Mail your request to:
                Steve Sonnemaker
                Peoria County Clerk
                324 Main Street, Room 101
                Peoria, IL 61602

For access to birth certificates, your name must appear on the record or you must provide copies of documents authorizing entitlement to the record.

Online:

You may purchase a certified birth record by debit or credit card at the following websites:

www.epayillinois.com

  • Record(s) will be sent by regular postal mail within two weeks of your request
  • $30 for first certified copy, $7 for additional copy of same record during same order ($1 service fee applies to orders under $43. For orders over $43, the service fee is 2.35%.)

www.vitalcheck.com (expedited service)

  • Expedited delivery service with option of 2 day or next day delivery
  • Requests received by noon will be shipped the same business day. Orders received after noon will be shipped by the next business day.
  • The fee varies depending on the shipping method. A $19.50 expedite fee and $9 processing fee applies to all orders.

Correct a Birth Certificate

To have information corrected on your birth certificate or your child’s birth certificate, you can request a correction through IDPH Vital Records.  

Create a New Birth Certificate

In regards to Legitimation, Paternity, Gender Reassignment, and Adoption, please visit IDPH Vital Records to obtain additional information, and processing requirements.  

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