Birth Records

Office Hours

Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Most Fridays
8:30 AM to 7:00 PM

Fridays preceding a holiday weekend
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
See calendar to the right for specific dates.

Who Can Request a Birth Record?


Access to birth records is restricted. 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
    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
    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 card
      (Additional service fees apply to credit card payment)
    • For faster service bring completed Birth Record Request Form (fillable PDF), printed, and signed
  • Ordering 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 Carla Wyckoff
      Vital Records Department
      18 N. County Street, Room 101
      Waukegan, IL 60085
    Ordering 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.

    Ordering 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 Clerk’s Vital Record Department at 847-377-2411. Orders will be processed through VitalChek, and all applicable service fees will be applied.

    Refunds


    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.