The Cook County Clerk's office keeps official records of births that occur in Chicago and suburban Cook County.
Under state law, you may legally obtain a certified copy of your own birth certificate if of legal age and/or the birth certificate of your child (your name must appear on the child's birth certificate).
Court-appointed legal guardians may obtain birth certificates of the children under their care if they submit a certified copy of the appointment. Certified copies of appointments can be obtained from the Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court. Requests made with legal guardianship papers must be made in person or through the mail.
Requesting a birth certificate
You may obtain a birth certificate in one of 5 methods:
Order By Phone
Go to a local Currency Exchange