Correct Death Certificate

What You Will Need to Provide

Death certificates can be corrected under certain circumstances prescribed by the Vital Records Act (410 ILCS 535) and 77 Ill. Adm. Code Part 500. Every request is unique.

Every person entitled to request a correction, must complete an picture_as_pdfAffidavit and Certificate of Correction Request. Because each request is different, additional documentation will be required and may vary, according to the type of correction requested.

In order to request a correction to a death certificate you must complete the picture_as_pdfAffidavit and Certificate of Correction Request in its entirety and submit it along with the following information:

  • A valid government issued photo identification (ID) that must be readable and is not expired/out of date (if an ID is not provided, unreadable, or expired, the request will be returned unprocessed)
  • Learn more about valid IDs
  • Learn more about the required costs/fees

Types of Documents

The documents listed below are provided as general guidelines. In those cases when the documentation provided does not clearly support the change requested, you may need to obtain a court order.

Type of Correction Requested

First Name

Suggested Documents:

  • Birth record

Middle Name

Suggested Documents:

  • Birth record

Last Name

Suggested Documents:

  • Birth record
  • Marriage record

Sex

Suggested Documents:

  • Birth record

Date of Death

Suggested Documents:

  • Medical records from place of death

Age

Suggested Documents:

  • Birth record

Date of Birth

Suggested Documents:

  • Birth record

Birthplace

Suggested Documents:

  • Birth record

Marital/Civil Union Status and Surviving Spouse

Suggested Documents:

  • Marriage/civil union record/divorce/dissolution record
  • Surviving spouse's birth record
  • Marital/civil union proof such as: federal or state tax returns, bank statements, brokerage and loan accounts, insurance policies. All proof of Marital/Civil Union Status must have existed within two years of the date of death.

Father/Co-parent's Name

Suggested Documents:

  • Birth record

Mother/Co-parent's Name

Suggested Documents:

  • Birth record

Informant's Name

Suggested Documents:

  • Informant's birth record
  • Informant's marriage/civil union record

Funeral Home

Suggested Documents:

  • Notarized statement from both funeral homes

Cause of Death

Suggested Documents:

  • Certificate of Death Worksheet signed by certifying physician

Autopsy

Suggested Documents:

  • Certificate of Death Worksheet signed by certifying physician

Date/Time/Location of Injury

Suggested Documents:

  • Certificate of Death Worksheet signed by certifying physician

Manner of Death

Suggested Documents:

  • Certificate of Death Worksheet signed by certifying physician

Date Physician Last Attended Deceased

Suggested Documents:

  • Certificate of Death Worksheet signed by certifying physician

Time of Death

Suggested Documents:

  • Certificate of Death Worksheet signed by certifying physician