Birth Records

Special Notice

The Peoria County Courthouse is closed to the public until further notice. We are still processing requests for records received through our online services and by mail. We currently have temporary office hours of 8:30 am - noon Monday - Friday. Online expedited orders must be received by 9 am to go out the same day.

Birth Information

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

By Mail

Include the following items:

  • A completed Application for Vital Records Search.
  • A photocopy of a government issued photo identification 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:

    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.


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

  • VitalChek
    • Expedited delivery service with option of 2 day or next day delivery.
    • Non-expedited orders will be delivered by USPS.
    • Expedited requests received by 9 AM will be shipped the same business day. Orders received after 9 AM will be shipped by the next business day.
    • The fee varies depending on the shipping method. A $19.50 expedite fee applies to expedited orders.
    • Vitalchek charges all orders a $9 processing fee.

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