David Orr, Cook County Clerk
Vital Records
Elections - Suburban Cook County
Real Estate and Tax Services
Ethics Filings
County Board Proceedings
News Room

Hours and Locations

Cook County Vital Records (click here for locations)

  • Serves as the official record keeper for births, marriages, civil unions and deaths that occur in Chicago and suburban Cook County,
  • Issues marriage and civil union licenses to couples who are getting married and united,
  • Certifies notary public commissions approved by the Illinois Secretary of State and the names of businesses that operate under a name other than that of its owner.

Suburban Cook County Elections (click here for locations)

  • Accepts, maintains voter registration for suburban Cook County,
  • Provides pollwatcher credentials,
  • Provides Early Voting,
  • Provides in-person absentee voting.

Real Estate and Tax Services (click here for location)

  • Provides Estimates of Redemption for delinquent taxes that have been sold at a tax sale and make payments to redeem those sold taxes,
  • Provides information on other delinquent taxes, such as forfeited or open taxes,
  • Provides duplicate certificates of redemption or other certificates of payment of real estate taxes,
  • Maintains official county tax records, such as the Warrant Books and the Tax Judgment records,
  • Files or reviews tax levies, budgets or financial statements for local taxing districts throughout the county,
  • Archives official county real estate tax maps, commonly called “Sidwell maps,” fulfills orders for copies of tax maps, legal descriptions and other products,  
  • Files ordinances establishing new tax districts or amending existing district boundaries,
  • Provides necessary tax approvals for recording plats of subdivision

Ethics Filings (click here for location)

  • Accepts lobbyist registrations,
  • Accepts Statements of Economic Interest.

Clerk of the Board (click here for location)

  • Records the activity of the Cook County Board of Commissioners.


Below is a list of 2016 holidays that Cook County will observe. All Clerk's office locations will be closed on the following dates:

New Year's Day
January 1

Martin Luther King's Birthday
January 18

Lincoln's Birthday
February 12

Washington's Birthday
February 15

Casimir Pulaski Day
March 7

Memorial Day
May 30

Independence Day
July 4

Labor Day
September 5

Columbus Day
October 10

Veterans Day
November 11

Thanksgiving Day
November 24

Christmas Day
December 26