Copies of Birth Certificates
Please Note: Vital Record requests are subject to the Macon County Clerk’s approval regarding all photo identification and legal documentation provided.
Who May Obtain a Birth Certificate?
If you are 18 years of age or older, you can obtain a certified copy of your own birth certificate with photo identification.
A parent can obtain the birth certificate of their child, if the parent’s name appears on the child’s birth certificate. The parent must provide their photo identification.
A legal guardian can obtain the birth certificate for a person with legal documentation and photo identification. Please call the office to confirm your legal documentation is acceptable.
How to Obtain a Certified Copy of a Birth Certificate
What are some Acceptable Forms of Current and Valid Photo Identification?
- Illinois Driver’s License
- Illinois State Identification Card
- U.S. Military Identification
- Out-of-State Driver’s License
A birth certificate can be obtained in-person:
Come to the Macon County Clerk’s Office at 141 South Main Street, Room 104 Decatur, IL 62523. The person requesting must have valid and acceptable photo identification to obtain a certificate.
The office hours are Monday through Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Payment accepted for in-person certificate requests is cash or check only.
A birth certificate can be obtained by mail:
You may send a letter requesting a copy of a birth certificate. Please include the following information – child’s full name and date of birth, parent’s full names including mother’s maiden name, a phone number where the requester can be reached, copy of an acceptable form of photo identification, and a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return mailing of the certificate. You may also download a Certified Birth Record Request Form (PDF) which requires the same information as listed above.
Mail Request to:
MACON COUNTY CLERK
141 S. MAIN ST. ROOM 104
DECATUR, IL 62523
A birth certificate can be obtained online
For your convenience, you can process online requests for birth certificates through an independent company that the Macon County Clerk has partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network, Inc. An additional fee of $10.00 is charged by VitalChek for this service, plus the cost of UPS delivery. All major credit cards are accepted. Place an order directly with VitalChek.
What are the Fees for a Birth Certificate?
The fee is $23 for the first copy and $10 for each additional copy of the same certificate, requested at the same time. If a certificate is being requested by mail, the payment must be made by money order only.
What about Genealogical Research?
Births had to have occurred 75 years ago, or earlier, to be considered genealogical records. The fee is the same. Genealogical records are certified, but are stamped “For Genealogical Purposes Only.”