Death Certificates

The County Clerk’s Office can provide you with a Will County death certificate if the decedent passed within Will County.  We may also have access to death certificates from nearby counties if the decedent had a Will County address.

Death Certificates are not public records due to privacy rights and fraud prevention, and only the following are entitled to receive certified copies:

  • Immediate relatives (spouse, parent, child, brother or sister)
  • Individuals (or their duly authorized agents) with a personal or property right interest in the records AND with present/enclose a letter or document from the office agency that needs the death certificate
  • For Genealogy purposes record must be 20 years or older.  Records start in December 1877.

– In person at: Will County Clerk’s Office – 302 N. Chicago Street, Joliet 60432:  Monday- Friday: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

  • Must have a valid photo id with current address**
  • Fees are payable in cash or check, no credit or debit cards are accepted
  • All documents are certified with raised Will County Seal
  • Documents are made while you wait, usually within 10 minutes

– By mail:  fill in & print out the death certificate request form, include a copy of valid identification** along with payment (Mailed back within 48 hours)

– Online:  through VitalChek (All requests leave our office the same day requested by UPS if received before 2:30 PM CST)

– No death certificates can be faxed or emailed

If not provided, unreadable or expired, the mail in request will be returned unprocessed.
Illinois Driver’s License
– Illinois State Identification Card
– Out-of-State Driver’s License or ID Card
– U.S. Military Identification Card
– U.S. Naturalization Certificate
– U.S. Passport

WHAT ARE THE FEES: (payable in cash, check or money order)
$13.00 for one certified copy
$8.00 for additional certified copies of the same record issued at same time
PLEASE NOTE:  Any certificate(s) ordered through VitalChek, pay additional fees.

– Submit TWO documents with your name, one of which must show your current address, that proves your identity
ONE piece of documentation can be a bill or piece of mail
– The other piece of documentation must be one of the following items listed below:

  • Medical/car insurance card
  • Car registration paperwork
  • Credit card statement
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck stub with imprinted information
  • Public assistance card
  • Voter’s registration card

If your driver’s license is expired, but you have an extension sticker on the back of it, you must submit a copy of both sides.
We will accept a driver’s license that is no more than six months expired ALONG WITH one more piece of proof from the above list.
If you are currently incarcerated, you can submit a dated copy of your prison intake/offender summary sheet containing your photo.
If you are writing from a state or federal agency, you can submit a copy of your work badge.


You can request the death certificate by writing to:
Will County Clerk
Attn: Vital Records
302 N. Chicago Street
Joliet IL 60432

The letter must be clear and legible including the following information:

  • Decedent’s full name
  • Date of death
  • City and county where the death occurred, if known
  • Your relationship to the deceased and the intended use of the document
  • Your return address and phone number
  • Your written signature

Include with the letter

  • A money order or check made payable to the Will County Clerk’s Office
  • A legible/readable copy of your valid photo identification card**

Illinois death certificates can also be obtained through the Illinois Department of Public Heath, Division of Vital Records.  They can be reached at (217) 782-6553: Monday-Friday from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

For more information about Vital Record services contact us.