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

There are five ways to obtain a death certificate:

1. Order Online
Order online by clicking here.
2. Order By Phone

Call Toll-Free: (866) 252-8974

3. Order By Mail
Mail your request to:
Cook County Clerk's Office
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.
4. Go to a local Currency Exchange
  • Call (312) 253-7431 for Currency Exchange hours and locations in Chicago and suburban Cook County, or visit
  • There is a $5 surcharge for records obtained at Currency Exchanges.
5. Visit us in person at one of our six locations 

*Please note that some requests made at suburban locations may not be ready the same day.