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Illinois keeps records of divorces dating from 1962 until present day at the Division of Vital Records, Illinois Department of Health under the name, "Dissolution of Marriage" rather than “divorce records.” You can only obtain a verification of the divorce rather than complete or certified copies, and the data is searched by the husband’s name only. If you're searching for Illinois divorce court records that occurred before 1962, you'll need to contact the county office in Illinois where the divorce took place. A $5 fee in the form of check or money order will get you verification of the dissolution of marriage, and you can request the search through mail, personally or by fax. You'll need to fill out an application or mail a letter to:
Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Vital Records
925 East Ridgely Ave.
Springfield, IL 62702-2737
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You can pay by credit card by including your credit card number, expiration date, a phone number, return address, written signature and a copy of photo identification. If you use a credit card, you'll need to pay a $5 fee, $10 handling charge and $19.50 for the UPS charge. Requests ordered through the mail may take four to six weeks to process.
Ordering in person can be accomplished by visiting the Illinois Public Health Division of Vital Records at the above address on Monday to Friday between 10 am and 3 pm.
You may need to search through and verify an Illinois divorce record to gather information for legal purposes such as confirming that a divorce was granted so that you can get a marriage license to remarry. Or, you may just be curious about a love interest's past. Whatever the reason, divorce records are now public and readily available and you can gather the information you need. If you want to bypass the hassle of going through the Illinois vital records department, you can choose an online, fee-based service and after paying a small fee, the service will use its vast information data systems to find the information you requested. It will be delivered to your computer – usually in a matter of moments – in a format that you can easily understand.
Before you choose an online service to search through Illinois divorce records, be sure you find a reputable one that can search through all states and won't charge anything if they don't find the information you need. It's so easy to use these services and you only need to provide a minimal amount of data to begin the search. Click on the link to see how easy it is to search through Illinois divorce records and find the information you need.