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Illinois Public RecordsIllinois makes many of its records available to the public. However, Illinois birth records and death records are restricted to authorized recipients. The Department of Public Health satisfies requests for birth and death records. Illinois marriage records must be requested from the local County Clerk that issued the record, and these are not restricted. Part of Illinois public records are divorce records, which are available from the Circuit Clerk of the court that handled the case. Illinois court records are available online through individual Circuit and District Courts. Court records available include divorce, civil and criminal records. The State Police handles requests for Illinois criminal records and makes conviction information available to the public on request. To search public records in Illinois of an historic nature, visit the State Archives, which offers online access to its digital collection of military, cemetery and vital records. Some Illinois obituaries are available also.

  • The Department of Public Health handles requests for Illinois birth records and death records. Only authorized individuals may request copies in person, by mail, fax or online through VitalChek.
  • Illinois marriage records can be requested from the local County Clerk where the marriage occurred.
  • Illinois divorce records and court records can be requested from the Circuit Clerk where the action happened.
  • Illinois criminal records can be requested by anyone from the State Police for a fee by mail.
  • The State Archives offers access to historic Illinois military records, cemetery and vital records and obituaries. Some records are available online through the Digital Archives.
  • About Illinois Public Records

    Illinois public records are widely available. The major exceptions are access to Illinois death records and birth records from the Department of Public Health. After 75 years, birth records are released to the public. After 20 years, Illinois death records are released to the public, making it easier for those researching family history to obtain copies. Otherwise, authorized recipients include the person of record, family members or legal representatives. Illinois public records also include marriage and divorce records, both of which are not restricted from public access.

    However, there is no state repository for marriage and divorce records.  Although the Department of Public Health does maintain a marriage and divorce index for certain years, the County Clerk where the marriage occurred must make copies. Divorce records are handled by the Circuit Clerk of the court that handled the case.

    Accessing Online Illinois Gov Public Records

    Although the Illinois Courts’ website provides an overview of the various types of state courts, along with contact information for each individual court, there is no universal online access to court records here. Many of the counties and individual Circuit Courts offer free online access to Illinois gov public records, although this depends on the county. When online access is available, it generally provides more recent civil and criminal court records, as well as divorce records. Some counties only offer access to civil and divorce records, such as Cook County.

    Illinois court records are readily available in person at the specific courthouse that handled the action. Unless sealed by a judge, civil and criminal court records are public record. Also available are Illinois criminal records, which include conviction information, to the public. Anyone may request a criminal background check for a fee through the State Police.

    Historic Public Records Search in Illinois

    The Illinois State Archives enjoys a large and varied historic records collection that is available to the public. Included are Illinois military records from conflicts like the Civil War, Spanish American War, Black Hawk veterans, Mexican War and Winnebago War, for example. Also housed here are Illinois cemetery records for certain areas of the state and some vital records. Access to a death records index from 1916 through 1950 and one prior to 1916 are available to search. Also available is access to a marriage index dating back to 1763.

    In addition, many newspapers are indexed and archived with access to Illinois obituaries. Anyone may visit the State Archives. There is only a fee to make copies of records. Also available online to those who cannot make a public records search of Illinois in person are the Digital Archives, which offers online access to thousands of historic records collections. These can be searched and viewed online for free.



     
    State of Illinois Resources & Statistics
    Separator Line

    Population:
    12,563,901

     
    Under 18:
    3,159,199

     
    Over 65:
    1,781,548

     
    Employed:
    7,747,601

     
    Land in Square Miles:
    55,583.58

     
    Acres of Farms:
    27,833,310

     
    Births:
    179,020

     
    Deaths:
    103,974

     
    Infant Deaths:
    1,206

     
     
    Murder:
    790

     
    Forcible Rape:
    4,118

     
    Robbery:
    24,054

     
    Assault:
    38,818

     
    Total Violent Crime:
    67,780

     
    Burglary:
    78,968

     
    Larceny \ Theft:
    266,815

     
    Motor Vehicle Theft:
    32,572

     
    Total Property Crime:
    378,355

     
    Illinois Public Records Locations
    Illinois State Police
    Patrol Records Unit
    PO Box 19461
    Springfield, IL 62794
    Phone:
    217-785-0612

    Fax:
    217-785-2325










    Attorney General Office
    500 S 2nd St
    Springfield, IL 62706
    Phone:
    217-782-1090

     
    800-252-2518

    Fax:
    217-524-4701










     
    IL Department of Public Health
    Division of Vital Records
    605 W Jefferson St
    Springfield, IL 62702-5097
    Phone:
    217-782-6554

    Fax:
    217-523-2648










    Department of Business Services
    Corporate Department
    330 Howlett Bldg, 3rd Floor, Copy Section
    Springfield, IL 62756
    Fax:
    217-558-0076










     
    IL State Police Bureau of Identification
    Civil Processing Unit
    260 N Chicago St
    Joliet, IL 60432-4075
    Phone:
    815-740-5160










    IL Department of Public Health
    Division of Vital Records
    605 W Jefferson St
    Springfield, IL 62702-5097
    Phone:
    217-782-6554

    Fax:
    217-523-2648










     
    Abstract Information Unit
    Drivers Services Department
    2701 S Dirksen Parkway
    Springfield, IL 62723
    Phone:
    217-782-2720










    Governor's Office
    207 State House
    Springfield, IL 62706
    Phone:
    217-782-6830

    Fax:
    217-558-0897










     
    Illinois Department of Corrections
    PO Box 19277
    Springfield, IL 62794-9277
    Phone:
    217-522-2666 Ext. 2008

    Fax:
    217-524-6856










    Illinois General Assembly
    Legislative Information System
    705 Stratton Building
    Springfield, IL 62706
    Fax:
    217-524-6059










     
    Department of Public Health
    Division of Vital Records
    605 W Jefferson St
    Springfield, IL 62702-5097
    Phone:
    217-782-6554










    Illinois State Police
    SOR Unit
    801 S 7th Street #200 South
    Springfield, IL 62794
    Phone:
    217-785-0653

    Fax:
    217-782-4996










     
    Secretary of State
    Archives Division
    Norton Bldg, Capitol Complex
    Springfield, IL 62756
    Phone:
    217-782-4682

    Fax:
    217-524-3930










    Administrative Office of Courts
    3101 Old Jacksonville Road
    Springfield, IL 62704
    Phone:
    217-558-4490

    Fax:
    217-785-3905










     
    Secretary of State
    UCC Division
    2nd & Edwards St, Howlett Bldg, Room 350 West
    Springfield, IL 62756
    Phone:
    217-782-7518










    Vehicle Services Department
    Vehicle Record Inquiry
    501 S 2nd Street #408
    Springfield, IL 62756
    Phone:
    217-782-6992

     
    217-785-3000

    Fax:
    217-524-0122










     
    IL Workers' Compensation Commission
    100 W Randolph, 8th Floor
    Chicago, IL 60601
    Phone:
    312-814-6611

     
    866-352-3033