The Winnebago County Clerk issues only certified copies of death records, which are acceptable for legal identification purposes. If the death occurred in Winnebago County, the death records are kept in our office.
You may obtain a certified copy of the death record 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 $21 for the first certified copy and $9 for each additional copy.
The only individuals that may purchase a complete, detailed death record are the immediate family of the deceased or a court-appointed representative.
A death certificate may be purchased by anyone. 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.
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