If there is an error in a name on a birth or death certificate, you may not need to go to court to change it.
If it is your record, or the record of your child or spouse, you can send an affidavit to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to correct the certificate.
After signing, send the form to:
Illinois Department of Public Health (Division of Vital Records)
925 E. Ridgely Ave.
Springfield, IL 62702
You should attach with the form:
- A check or money order made payable to Illinois Department of Public Health
- Note: most birth and death certificate corrections cost $15, but the IDPH’s fee schedule lists fees based on your exact request
- A copy of your government issued photo ID; and
- Any evidence that supports the correction requested.
The evidence you have to provide depends on what type of correction you are requesting. IDPH has a full list of acceptable proof for specific changes to birth certificates and death certificates. Some common forms include:
- Baptismal or confirmation records
- Census records
- Child’s birth record
- Immunization or clinic records
- Insurance policies
- Military records
- Parent’s birth records
- Social security records
It's up to you to send in enough proof. If there is not enough evidence to make the correction, you will have to get a court order instead.
Updated: March 2018