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Vital Records

Phone: (309) 679-6032
Program Hours: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Vital Records Program:

  • The Peoria City/County Health Department issues, records, and maintains birth certificates, death certificates and burial permits.

  • Under Illinois State Law (410 ILCS 535-Vital Records Act) only specific individuals have legal access to birth or death certificates. Vital records are not considered public information, nor are they subject to the Freedom of Information Act. No information will be given over the telephone regarding an individual's vital records.


Requesting Vital Reconds in Person at the Health Department:

Birth Certificates:

  • Peoria County birth certificates are available from 1982-present.
    To obtain records prior to 1982, contact the Peoria County Clerk's Office.

  • You have a legal right to a birth certificate if you are:
    • An individual of legal age (18 or an emancipated minor) if requesting your own birth certificate.
    • The mother of the child whose birth certificate is being requested.
    • The father of the child if you are listed on the birth certificate. A father who is not listed on the birth certificate does not have legal access to a copy of that certificate.
    • A legal guardian with documentation to show legal guardianship.
  • You will need to show a government issued photo ID: Driver's license or State ID

  • Birth Certificate Fees: $16.00 for the first copy; $7.00 for each additional copy. Vital Records accepts payments via cash, money order, cashier's check, or personal check. Major credit and debit cards are accepted with a service fee charged for this convenience.


Death Certificates:

  • Peoria County death certificates are available from 1995-present.
    To obtain records prior to 1995, contact the Peoria County Clerk's Office.

  • You have a legal right to a death certificate if you are:
    • The informant listed on the death certificate.
    • The next of kin.
    • Someone who has a personal or property right interest in the record, and documentation to show this.
  • You will need to show a government issued photo ID: Driver's license or State ID

  • Death Certificate Fees: $20.00 for the first copy; $11.00 for each additional copy. Vital Records accepts payments via cash, money order, cashier's check, or personal check. Major credit and debit cards are accepted with a service fee charged for this convenience.


Requesting Vital Records by Mail: Normal response time is 7 days but may take up to 30 days.

  • Collect documents and fee to mail with your request:
    • Completed application signed by the applicant
    • Copy of a government issued PHOTO ID with signature (Driver's license or state ID)
    • Check or money order made payable to "Peoria City/County Health Department." (DO NOT SEND CASH)
  • Mail documents and fee to:
       Peoria City/County Health Department
       Attention: Vital Records
       2116 N. Sheridan Road
       Peoria, Illinois 61604


Additional Locations to Obtain Vital Records:

  • Peoria County birth and death certificates may also be obtained from the Peoria County Clerk's Office, Peoria County Courthouse, 324 Main Street, Peoria Illinois, telephone: 309/672-6059. The Peoria County Clerk's Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

  • Online private agency for certified vital records from most states; website: www.vitalchek.com/. This is an authorized source for government-issued vital records with a transaction fee charged.


Information about Establishing Paternity:

  • A voluntary acknowledgment of paternity form is available from any county clerk, health department or public aid office. The form can be completed if the biological parents of a child are not married, are both available to sign forms and no other man is listed on the birth record. If you have questions about completing the form, call the Child Support Customer Service Call Center at 1-800-447-4278. For more information, visit www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/paternity.htm.


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