David Orr, Cook County Clerk
         

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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