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Birth and Death Certificates

City services are conveniently available online and by mail. Walk-in hours are available Tuesday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM. Appointments on Mondays, for time-sensitive transactions, may be available upon request. Birth and death certificates should be requested by mail as indicated below, or by email to Please allow 5-7 business days from date of payment receipt for processing, and an additional 3-4 days for mailing. Please contact the Finance Department at 847.432.0800 if this is an urgent matter. 

Local Records - Birth and Death Certificates

The City of Highland Park preserves local records on births and deaths that occur within its district. Since birth and death records first became archived in 1916, thousands have been placed on file, including some delayed records dating back to the mid-1800s. 

Individuals occasionally may need certified copies of birth or death certificates for such diverse purposes as applying for passports, fulfilling school entrance requirements, filing license applications or seeking insurance or government benefits. 

Birth Certificates
Birth certificates are $8 for the first certified copy and $4 for each additional certified copy. 

  • Birth Certificate Application  (Spanish version)
    • Access to birth records is restricted.  Birth records are available only to:  
      • The person named in the record (if at least 18 years of age)  
      • The parent of the person named in the record  
      • The legal guardian who provides proof of court appointment 
    • A photocopy of your valid government issued photo I.D. with signature is required
    • Make check payable to:  City of Highland Park

Death Certificates
Death certificates are $14 for the first certified copy and $6 for each additional certified copy.
(Attention Funeral Directors:  A $10 submission fee is imposed on the first copy of all death certificates. The submission fee is waived if the initial record is submitted through the State of Illinois Vital Records System (IVRS)).  

  • Death Certificate Request Application
    • Death certificates may only be issued to those who have a personal or property interest with the descendent 
    • You will also be required to state your relationship and the intended use of document on the application
    • A photocopy of your valid government issued photo I.D. with signature is required
    • Make check payable to: City of Highland Park  

Request Through Mail
Certificates can be requested through the mail, by completing an application and submitting it along with a photocopy of your valid government issued photo I.D. with signature and a check made payable to City of Highland Park. 

Please submit your request to: 
City of Highland Park 
Attn: Vital Records 
1707 St. Johns Ave. 
Highland Park, IL 60035 

Additional Information 
Illinois Department of Public Health 
535 W. Jefferson St. 
Springfield, Illinois 62761 
Phone: 217.782.4977 
Fax: 217.782.3987 
TTY: 800.547.0466