How to Obtain Divorce Certificates in Illinois?
After you get divorced, often you need a copy of your divorce certificate to verify your name change, marital status or identity. You can obtain a copy by using the process below.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) can supply you with a legal Dissolution of Marriage Verification but not a certified copy of the original certificate. You can obtain one through mail, fax or in person and the cost is $5 per copy. You will need a completed application, which you can download from here. You will also need a legible copy of your valid photo ID and payment of the fees.
To order the copy by mail, fill out your application and include a check or money order payable to: “Illinois Department of Public Health” and mail them along with a copy of your photo ID to:
Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Vital Records
925 E. Ridgely Ave.
Springfield, IL 62702-2737
Processing time for mail orders is about 4-6 weeks, so plan accordingly.
You may also request a copy by fax by faxing the following information to 217-523-2648.
- Your completed application.
- A legible copy of your photo ID.
- Full names of both parties.
- Credit card number with expiration date (there is an additional $12.95 credit card processing fee, and an additional $19.50 UPS charge).
- Your daytime phone number.
- Your name, address, and signature.
Divorce certificates will be sent to you via UPS and may take a few days. Be sure your photo ID is perfectly legible, or your order may be delayed or refused.
You can also drop off your paperwork to obtain a copy that will be sent to you within three days. You will need to show a valid ID when dropping off your application at:
Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records office,
925 East Ridgely Ave., Springfield, IL.
This office is open M-F, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
If you need an actual certified copy of your original divorce certificate, you will need to contact the courthouse where your divorce was granted.