Death Records

Who Can Request a Death Record?

Death records are not public records and are only available to those who have a personal or property interest with the decedent. If you are not a relative of the deceased person, you must provide proof of your relationship to the deceased.

If you are requesting a death certificate as the duly authorized agent or legal representative, you must submit a written document naming you as one of the following:

  • A licensed attorney acting on behalf of a decedent or his/her estate;
  • An agent authorized by power of attorney;
  • A court-appointed personal representative, executor/administrator, or
  • An agent with expressed, notarized authorization.

If you are requesting a death certificate as someone claiming a legal, personal, or property interest, you must submit a written document demonstrating that you have a personal or property interest at stake, such as a will naming you, a letter on a firm’s letterhead, or a file-stamped copy of a complaint at law.

Exceptions to these restrictions apply to those interested in Genealogical Research.

Types of Death Records

Acceptable for official purposes, i.e., Social Security, pension, insurance, property transactions, etc.
  • Certified Record
    $14 for first certified copy
      $8 for each additional copy
  • Non-certified Record
    Used in researching family history and is available only if the record is at least 20 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, complete the online Death Certificate Request Form (fillable PDF), then print and sign it.
  • 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:
      1. Completed Death Certificate Request Form (fillable PDF), printed, and signed
      2. Photocopy of valid identification (acceptable ID is listed on form)
      3. Check or money order payable to the Lake County Clerk
      4. 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.


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.