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

ADOPTED PERSONS BORN PRIOR TO 1/1/1946 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. 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 PRIOR TO 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. 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