Birth Records

Vital Records Office Hours

In response to COVID-19, the Lake County Clerk’s office is open for walk-in customer service weekdays from 9 AM to 4:30 PM

Need to request a record?

You don't need to visit our office. You can order:

Staff will be available to answer questions and provide information from 8:30 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday. You can call 847-377-2400 or email

Who Can Request a Birth Record?

Access to birth records is restricted as birth records are available only to:
  • The person named in the record (if at least 18 years of age)
  • The parent of the person named in the record
  • A legal guardian who provides proof of court appointment
  • A legal representative who has notarized authorization from the person named in the record or the parent
*Exceptions to these restrictions apply to those interested in Genealogical Research.

Types of Birth Records

  • Certified Record
    Acceptable for official purposes i.e., travel, Social Security, insurance, pension, employment, etc.
    $10 for first certified copy 
      $4 for each additional copy
  • Non-certified Record
    Used in researching family history and is available only if the record is at least 75 years old
      $4 for each non-certified record marked “For Genealogical Purposes Only”
  • No Record Found Certification
    If the record is not found to be on file within our office, a Certificate of No Record Found is available for purchase. 
      $1.50 for certification

Ways to Order

  • Walk-in same-day service 
    • Certified or non-certified record
    • Downtown Waukegan (Map to our office)
    • No appointment needed
    • Valid identification is required (acceptable ID is listed on form)
    • Processing time is normally less than 30 minutes
    • Payment by cash, check, money order, or credit / debit card
      (Additional service fees apply to credit / debit card payments)
    • For faster service bring completed Birth Record Request Form (fillable PDF), printed, and signed
  • By mail with check or money order payment 
    • Record is requested and mailed to customer through the U.S. Postal Service’s first-class mail 
    • Certified or non-certified record
    • Two business day processing, once request is received by our office
    • Record can be sent to a street address or P.O. box
    Items needed
    • Completed Birth Record Request Form (fillable PDF), printed, and signed
    • Photocopy of valid identification is required (acceptable ID is listed on form)
    • Check or money order payable to the Lake County Clerk
    • Self-addressed envelope with sufficient first-class U.S. postage stamp affixed
    • Mail all items to:
      Lake County Clerk
      Vital Records Department
      18 N. County Street, Room 101
      Waukegan, IL 60085
  • Online with credit card payment 
    VitalChek Network, Inc. is an independent company and our selected partner providing vital record ordering services when payment is made by credit card, expedited delivery is required, or order is placed by fax or email. Additional service fees will be applied.

  • By fax or email for certified or non-certified records
    For instructions on how to place an order by fax or email, please call the Lake County Clerk’s Vital Record Department at 847-377-2411. Orders will be processed through VitalChek, and all applicable service fees will be applied.


Due to the cost and the inability to re-purpose the state-mandated security paper used to issue vital records, once an order for certificate copies is processed, our office cannot offer any refunds.