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Cook County Vital Records

(Birth, Marriage, & Death Certificates)

At WSCE, we make it easy to obtain Cook County vital records, or vital records from any other county for that matter. Rather than driving to the Division of Vital Records in Springfield or requesting your documents through the mail, simply stop by a local West Suburban Currency Exchange location. We’ll process your request quickly and have your records to you in no time.

We can provide you with Cook County marriage records and death records from Illinois’ Cook County, as well as birth records. Although most of our locations are located in suburban Cook County, we can also obtain records from other counties throughout the state. So whether you need another copy of your marriage license or birth certificate, WSCE can help.

Requirements to Obtain Cook County Vital Records

The state requires individuals to provide proper identification to legally obtain a copy of their vital records. If you need a copy of your birth certificate or marriage certificate, bring a driver’s license or state ID card. Individuals under the age of 18 need a parent with a driver’s license or state ID of their own.

Death certificates can be obtained by a family member of the deceased. Like other vital records, you’ll need to provide a driver’s licence or state ID to receive a copy of a death certificate.

Once you’ve supplied the proper identification, we’ll submit your records request to the appropriate government office, typically the Division of Vital Records within the Illinois Department of Public Health. Within 3-4 business days, an armored car will deliver your vital records to our location where we’ll keep it safe until you come to pick it up.

When You’ll Need Cook County Vital Records

Vital records provide documentation of major life events. Although you won’t need to produce them very often, vital records are required in a number of different circumstances. A birth certificate is the most common vital record and will be required any time you:

  • Enroll in a new school
  • Apply for government benefits
  • Apply for a passport
  • Claim a pension
  • Claim insurance benefits
  • Join the military

It’s also common to use your birth certificate as a form of identification when starting a new job. Although a social security card will also suffice as a second form of ID for employment purposes.

If you have any questions about Cook County vital records for births, deaths, marriages, or civil unions, give us a call at (847) 299-3100. Or stop by your local West Suburban Currency Exchange in person and we’ll be happy to help.