OBTAINING THE ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE OF AN ADOPTED  PERSON BORN AFTER JANUARY 1, 1946...

ADOPTED PERSONS BORN after January 1, 1946, who wish to obtain a non-certified copy of their original birth certificate must:

1. Complete a Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate (click here to download this form).

2. ON OR AFTER November 15, 2011, mail the Request form, along with a photocopy of their driver's license or other photo ID and a $15 check or money order made out to the "Illinois Dept. of Public Health" to: Illinois Dept. of Public Health, Division of Vital Records, Attn: Illinois Adoption Registry, 925 E. Ridgeley, Ave., Springfield, IL 62702-2737

PLEASE NOTE: Adopted persons seeking copies of their original birth certificates are NOT required to sign up with the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange. If birth relatives of an adopted person who has requested his/her OBC have previously signed up with the Registry and left pictures, letters, or medical background information for the adopted person, the Registry will let the adopted person know and give him or her the opportunity to sign up with the Registry.

 

SURVIVING RELATIVES OF DECEASED ADOPTED PERSONS BORN AFTER JANUARY 1, 1946, who wish to obtain a non-certified copy of the original birth certificate of their deceased spouse or parent must:

1. Complete the application forms for the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange. (Click here to download the necessary forms.) Note: There is a $15 registration fee for signing up with the Registry, however this fee is waived for anyone who completes the registry's Medical Questionnaire.

2. Complete a Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate (Click here to download this form.).

3. ON OR AFTER November 15, 2011, mail the notarized IARMIE application forms and notarized Request form, along with a photocopy of their driver's license or other photo ID and a $15 check or money order made out to the "Illinois Dept. of Public Health" to: Illinois Dept. of Public Health, Division of Vital Records, Attn: Illinois Adoption Registry, 925 E. Ridgeley, Ave., Springfield, IL 62702-2737

In cases where a birth parent has specifically requested that his/her first name, last name and/or last known address be removed from all copies of the original birth certificate issued during their lifetime, the adopted person or his or her surviving relative will have the option of either obtaining a copy of the OBC from which identifying information regarding the anonymity-seeking birth parent has been deleted per their instructions (identifying information pertaining to the other birth parent will be not be redacted unless they have also specifically requested anonymity) or declining the altered version of the OBC. Once a birth parent seeking anonymity has died, if a copy of the birth parent's death certificate has been filed with the  Registry by the adopted person, by a surviving relative of the adopted person, by a relative of the deceased birth parent or by a state confidential intermediary, all copies of the OBC subsequently released will include the  birth parent's first and last names as well as his/her last known address.