Vital Records

ORO_Button_(002)_WebFor your convenience, you can process online requests for records dated 1916 and later through an independent company that the Jo Daviess County Clerk has partnered with to provide this service. Official Online Records can be reached by clicking the “Official Records Online” button to the right. An additional fee is charged by Official Online Records for this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa. Copies for genealogical purposes are not available for purchase online.
 
Birth Certificates – 1877 to Present
 
You may obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate in person (with valid ID) at our office or through the mail by completing and mailing this form.  If you are requesting a birth certificate of a deceased person, complete and mail this form along with a copy of your driver's license or acceptable identification. The cost is $20 for the first certified copy and $6 for each additional copy of the same record.
 
*Because of the confidential nature of these records, Illinois Statutes provide that copies of birth records may only be obtained by the person themselves (if 18 years old), a parent, or other legal agent.
 
Death Certificates – 1877 to Present
 
You may obtain a certified copy of a death certificate in person at our office or through the mail by completing and mailing this form along with a copy of your driver's license or acceptable identification. The cost is $20 for the first certified copy and $10 for each additional copy of the same record. The cost for genealogy purposes is $20 for the first copy and $6 for each additional copy of the same record.
 
*A death certificate may be obtained by a person having a direct personal or property right interest in the record or his duly authorized agent.
 
Marriage Certificates – 1830 to Present
 
Civil Union Certificates – 2011 to Present
 
You may obtain a certified copy of a marriage or civil union license in person at our office or through the mail by completing and mailing this form. The cost is $20 for the first certified copy and $6 for each additional copy of the same record.
 
For in person requests, visit the Jo Daviess County Clerk or mail the completed form along with payment to:
 
Jo Daviess County Clerk
330 N. Bench St., Room 108
Galena, IL 61036