A copy of a photo ID is required for all requests. If an FO employee is the requester,
see GN 00308.001B.3. for acceptable forms of identification. Requests take approximately six weeks
to process. For faster service, send request by certified mail.
Birth Records in Adoption Cases
Original birth records in adoption cases occurring after 1949 are sealed and are not
available to anyone. For adoptions prior to 1950, original records were not changed.
Records requested under the adoptive names for these people will be returned as a
“no record” search unless the individual has had the record corrected. If the applicant
knows that he/she was adopted, the applicant should include this information with
any request. The DVR record will be corrected if the court adoption record can be
located, but this will take several weeks. Original record will not be issued.
Documentation for changes to a BC due to legitimation, adoption, or court order of
parentage or gender change becomes sealed and is not available. In these cases, a
new record is issued with the new information. There is no evidence of the prior information,
but the BC number remains the same. For changes or corrections due to other reasons
(e.g., court order of name change, voluntary acknowledgment of paternity), the old
data is lined out and the new data typed in.
Can FO verify, certify or obtain free copy of birth/death record? The FO may verify date of death in discrepancy cases caused by State Death Match
only. Requests should be made using the E-562 to FO 488 and must include the DCN.
FO may verify authenticity of birth records for enumeration purposes. All other services
must be purchased.
To obtain a BC verification for enumeration purposes:
Individual Over Three Months of Age: After three months have elapsed from the month of birth, you may verify Illinois public
birth records through FO 488. Use the E-562 process for the requests. When establishing
the E-562, please show the action requested as “Verify BC” and click on “Help” to
enter the BC information to be verified. Verifications needed within three months
of the month of birth are not available at the state level and should be verified
with the issuing source of the document, usually the county or local registrar.
Individual Three Months of Age or Younger: Verify with the local registrar. For local registrar information for births in the
city of Chicago, Cook County, and Lake County, please click here . For local registrar information for all other counties in Illinois, send your E-562
request directly to the FO that services that county. Click here for that information.