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.

I want to

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.

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.

Jan 2

Clerk Orr performs his final First Marriage as Clerk

Susie Fogle and Brian Wildeman have had quite a few adventures together. So heading downtown from their South Side home at about 3 a.m. when the temperature was below zero to secure their spot in line as the first couple.
Aug 31

10,000th same-sex couple issued marriage license in Cook County

When Tony Aranda and Terry Beauchamp found each other 18 years ago, they couldn’t have had any idea that one day they would, or even could, get married.