Vital Records

The Cook County Clerk's office is the official record keeper for births, marriages, civil unions and deaths that occur in Chicago and suburban Cook County.

Notice:

All Cook County Clerk's Bureau of Vital Records (BVR) offices are open to the public.

As of July 6, the Bureau of Vital Records offices in downtown Chicago and the suburban courthouses are open for in-person services, including marriage licenses, and birth, death and marriage certificates. Some online services, such as genealogy online, are not yet accessible.

Please continue to check our website for further updates. 

Request official records of births & deaths that occur in Chicago & suburban Cook County.

Apply for a Marriage/Civil Union License for ceremonies in Chicago & suburban Cook County.

Frequently asked vital records questions.

Register an Assumed Business Name or certify newly commissioned Notaries Public approved by the IL Secretary of State.

Acceptable forms of identification required in order to obtain or apply for certain vital records.

Correct a Birth, Marriage or Death record through the Clerk's Bureau of Vital Records, a local registrar or the IL Department of Public Health.

Customers can check on their mailed-in birth, death, marriage or genealogy record request.

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Jan 17

Couple who get Cook County’s 15,000th marriage license to same-sex couple surprised, happy to be ‘part of history’

Kevin Godwin and Sai He planned to meet late Friday morning at the Cook County Clerk’s Vital Records Bureau during Kevin’s lunch break, to get a marriage license. They would then get married Saturday at a courthouse.
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Jan 2

‘It’s like we won the Super Bowl,’ for first Cook County couple to get married in 2020

South Siders had waited eight hours outside Clerk’s office to be No. 1.
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