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County Clerk's Office - Joseph J. Tirio, McHenry County Clerk

Birth Records

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The McHenry County Clerk's office keeps official records of births that occur in McHenry County.

  • Birth Records from 1877 forward

Requesting a birth certificate

You may obtain a birth certificate in one of 3 methods:

1.   Order Online – please click on logo below.

2.   Write us – 

Mail your request to: 
 McHenry County Clerk – Vital Records
 Joseph J. Tirio 
 2200 N. Seminary Avenue
 Woodstock, IL 60098

 Include the following items:

  • A completed Birth Certificate Request Form*
  • A photocopy of your government issued photo identification
  • A check or money order payable to the McHenry County Clerk for a $12 search fee for each birth record - this fee is returned if no record is found. Additional copies of the same record issued at the same time will be charged a fee of $4.00 each.
  • A self-addressed stamped envelope

Note: Be sure to include your phone number with your mail request.

3.   Visit us in person at our office at:

667 Ware Road
Suite 107
Woodstock, IL 60098




The McHenry County Clerk does not accept credit cards or online orders: however, for your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network Inc.  VitalChek can be reached through its website  An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®.