How to Obtain Birth Certificates
- Birth certificates are available for any person who was born within the city limits of Chicago Heights or at St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights. Birth records date back to 1869.
- Birth records are released only to the person whose record it is if he or she is at least 18 years of age, the parents listed on the birth record, the person’s legal guardian or legal representative by court order. A person requesting a birth certificate must fill out a request form and show a valid driver’s license or valid state identification. If the person does not have these forms of identification, other acceptable means of identification must be presented.
- The fee for a birth certificate is $10.00 for the first copy, and $ 10.00 for each additional copy of the same birth record.
- In person requests: cash, money orders, credit card only accepted—no personal checks.
- Mail requests: money orders or certified checks—no cash or personal checks.
Other Birth Record Forms
- Birth Correction forms are available at the City Clerk’s Office. If an error is found on the birth certificate, this form may be completed and mailed to Springfield Vital Records. Fee is $15.00 per four corrections and processing time depends on the corrections being made.
- Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity forms are available at the City Clerk’s Office. If the father’s name is not on the birth certificate, this form must be completed by both parents and submitted to Springfield Vital Records so that the father’s name may be added to the birth certificate.
- Voluntary Denial of Paternity forms are available at the City Clerk’s Office. If incorrect paternal information appears on the birth certificate, this form must be completed by both parties and submitted to Springfield Vital Records so that the incorrect information can be corrected or removed from the birth certificate.
Code of Ordinances
Chapter 21, Health and Sanitation, Article III Vital Statistics, in the Code of Ordinances of the City of Chicago Heights is available online.