Options for Obtaining Ilinois Dissolution of Marriage Certificate

Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family law attorneyFor those recently granted a divorce under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS/5), your divorce attorney may have already disclosed that you will be receiving a certified dissolution of marriage certificate from the circuit court clerk within the county of dissolution.

Although additional certified copies can be requested via the circuit court, non-certified verification of the dissolution can be provided by the Illinois Division of Vital Records, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Verification provided through the IDPH are available for dissolutions occurring from 1962 to the current index date available.

A request for a verification of dissolution will cost $5.00 per request and will include the names of both individuals involved, their dates of birth, date of the dissolution and the city and country where the dissolution was granted.

To officially request verification of dissolution, the Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records offers the following information and instructions.

To request a dissolution of marriage verification, either party is required to submit:

  • A completed application for Verification of Dissolution of Marriage / Civil Union;
  • A request letter including all required information; and
  • Proof of a valid, current and legible government issued photo identification card.

The IDPH would like to remind requestors, that all photo ID’s must be valid, current and legible or the application will be returned unprocessed.

The IDPH provides several options as to how the application may be requested.

To make application via the United States Postal Service (USPS), first visit the IDPH website to locate and print the application from the Forms section. Letters of request are also accepted but they must include the names of both parties, each person’s date of birth and the city and county where the dissolution was granted.

A check or money order made payable to the Illinois Department of Public Health in the amount of $5.00 must also be included. The formal application or request letter then should be mailed to:

Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Vital Records
925 E. Ridgely Avenue
Springfield, IL 62702-2737

For those opting to submit their request via United Postal Service (USPS), please note the application will be processed, minus postal delivery time, within four to six weeks.

Applications or letters of request may also be submitted to the IDPH via fax. When choosing this option please note that the applicant must also include:

  • A valid credit card number and expiration date covering the initial $5.00 fee as well as an additional $12.95 credit card handling charge;
  • A daytime telephone number, complete with area code;
  • A valid return address;
  • A valid signature; and
  • Legible copy of valid government issued photo identification card.

When completed, fax the packet to the IDPH at 1-217-523-2648. Processing time for submissions via fax are usually processed within seven business days.

Delivery options for fax applications are delivered by the United Parcel Service (UPS) and require an adult signature at the time of delivery. Please note that UPS generally does not deliver to post office box locations but will deliver to your place of employment.

The final option offered by the IDPH is to request the Verification in person. The physical office address of the IDPH is:

The Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Vital Records
925 East Ridgely Avenue
Springfield, Illinois 62702

Verification applications can be taken between the hours 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday, holidays excluded. Please have a valid government issued photo identification card available. Processing time for in-person requests is estimated to be within three business days.

If you have additional questions, the IDPH is available via telephone at 217-782-6554 or email at dph.vitals@illinois.gov.

Divorce is a process and no one knows that better than the experienced Hinsdale divorce attorneys of Martoccio & Martoccio. With over 75 years of combined services available to Illinois residents throughout the Burr Ridge, Oak Brook and Lemont areas, our legal team understands the process of divorce from the initial stages of discovery to the final verification of the dissolution. If you are standing on the threshold of pursuing the dissolution of your marriage, contact our legal team at 630-920-8855 to schedule your no-cost initial consultation today.




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