Death records are available from the year 1878 onwards. Under Illinois State Law (410 ILCS 535-Vital Records Act) only specific individuals have legal access to birth, death, or marriage certificates. The McLean County Clerk's Office will issue certificates to authorized individuals only. To do otherwise is a violation of Illinois Law. Vital records are not considered public information, neither are they subject to the Freedom of Information Act.
Absolutely no information can be given over the telephone regarding vital records.
To obtain a certified copy of a death certificate, you must be one of the following:
Requests in Office
- Executor or administrator of the decedent’s estate
- Someone who has a personal or property right interest in the certificate
- The informant listed on the death certificate
- The next of kin
Requests made in the office require a valid driver’s license, state-issued ID, or a passport (authorized English translation must accompany identification that is not U.S. issued).
Requests by Mail
Requests made by mail require a photocopy of both sides of a signature ID.
The cost is $17 for the first copy and $11 for each additional copy of the same death certificate.
Please make your check payable to McLean County Clerk.