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.
WHO CAN PICK UP
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.
HOW TO OBTAIN
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, check, or credit/debit (service fee applied)
- 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
– 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.
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.
SOCIAL SECURITY CARDS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE.
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.