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Death Certificates

The Cook County Clerk's office keeps official records of deaths that occur in Chicago and suburban Cook County.

Under state law, you may legally obtain a copy of a death certificate if you are a relative or can prove a financial interest in an individual's death. 

Requesting a death certificate

You may obtain a death certificate in one of five ways:
  1. Order By Phone
    • Call Toll-Free: (866) 252-8974
  2. Write us
    • Mail your request to:
      Cook County Clerk David Orr
      Bureau of Vital Records
      P.O. Box 641070
      Chicago, IL 60664-1070
      • Include the following items:
        • a photocopy of your photo identification
        • a check or money order payable to the Cook County Clerk for $17* (additional copies of the same record cost $6* each). *Effective July 1, 2012 per PA 97-0679. 
        • a self-addressed stamped envelope
        • Note: Be sure to include your phone number with your mail request.
  3. Go to a local Currency Exchange
    • Call (847) 759-8905 for Currency Exchange hours and locations in Chicago and suburban Cook County, or visit www.mycurrencyexchange.com.
    • There is a $5 surcharge for records obtained at Currency Exchanges.
    • *Please note that some requests made at suburban locations may not be ready the same day.


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