Birth and Death Certificates
Due to the Illinois Department of Public Health Recommendations, we are working to limit the number of people in the Health Department.
The public is strongly encouraged to request birth certificates or death certificates by mail or online. Directions are below under “Requesting Certified Copies”.
If a situation arises in which the timeliness is important, please call our office and make an appointment to come in to get the birth or death certificate. Our number is (309) 888-5481.Birth and death certificates are considered vital records. The McLean County Health Department Administrator serves as registrar for vital records in McLean County. Under the Illinois Vital Records Act (410 ILCS 535), the McLean County Health Department maintains birth and death records from January 1, 1999 to present. For birth and death records from December 31, 1998 and before, please contact the McLean County Clerk or the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Birth and death records are not public records and only the following individuals are entitled to receive certified copies:
- Person named on the record if 18 years of age or older
- Parent(s) shown on the record
- Legal guardian or legal representative. Written evidence of guardianship or legal representation is required.
- Immediate Family
- Those who have a personal or property right interest with the decedent. If you are not a relative of the decedent, a letter or document from the office or agency that needs the death certificate must accompany the request.
|Type of Certificate||Fee|
|Birth Certificate||$15.00 for first copy
$6.00 for each additional copy
|Death Certificate||$17.00 for first copy
$8.00 for each additional copy
Requesting Certified Copies
Birth and death certificates are considered vital records. Only those who have a legal right to the record may obtain the record.
Identification in the form of a valid photo ID must be submitted for birth or death certificates.
You may request birth or death certificates in 3 different ways: By Mail, In Person or Online.
1) By Mail:
Submit a completed Birth Certificate Application (PDF) or Death Certificate Application (PDF), a copy of your valid photo ID, and check or money order for the appropriate fee (See above chart) to the McLean County Health Department.
McLean County Health Department
200 W. Front St.
Bloomington, IL 61701
2) In Person:
Applications are accepted in person from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Individuals requesting a Birth or Death Certificate must provide a valid photo ID.
Parent or an adult child