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Obtaining a Birth Certificate

With the start of a new school year just around the corner, the Cook County Clerk's office has released a new video detailing how to get a birth certificate.

There are five ways to obtain a birth certificate: in person at the downtown Vital Records office or one of the five suburban courthouses; by mail; at a currency exchange; online; or by phone. Anyone requesting a birth certificate must be 18 years old or be a parent whose name appears on the birth record. More information can be found at