The Winnebago County Clerk issues only certified copies of birth records, which serve as forms of personal identification. If you were born in Winnebago County, your birth record is kept in our office.
You may obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate in person (with valid ID) 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 $17 for the first certified copy and $5 for each additional copy.
Or, for your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that the Winnebago County Clerk has partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network, Inc. VitalChek can be reached through their website; http://www.vitalchek.com/Campaign?site=2&clickid=596164434465456130. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa.
The only individuals that may purchase a birth record are the parents, the individual whose name is on the certificate (must be 18 years or older), a current spouse or a court-appointed representative.
Visit the Winnebago County Clerk or mail the completed form along with payment to:
Winnebago County Clerk
404 Elm Street, Suite 104
Rockford, IL 61101