Birth Certificates

You may obtain certified copies of your own or your children's birth certificate at the County Clerk and Recorder's office in the courthouse. The person whose birth certificate you wish a copy of must have been born in Jackson County.  By state law, we may not release a copy of a minor child's birth certificate to a grandparent or step parent without written permission from a parent whose name appears on the birth certificate.  A minor child may not obtain a copy of their birth certificate until the age of 18.

If you apply in person, please bring identification which includes a photograph of you (a driver's license or a passport, for example).

You may also apply for the certificate by mail. In your letter please state clearly the full name of the person whose certificate you wish a copy of, the mother's name, the father's name, and your relationship to that person. Enclose a photocopy of your State driver's license or identification card. Also, enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope.  Please keep in mind the limitations on who may legally obtain a person's certificate. 

Birth certificates may also be obtained on line by using the Illinois Treasurer's e-pay system, there is a nominal fee charged by the Treasurer's Office for using this site.

The fee is $15.00 for the first certified copy and $2.00 for each additional copy of the same birth certificate at the same request.

Death Certificates

Any person having genealogical, or property right interest may request a certified copy of a death certificate for any person. A fee of $19.00 is charged for the first copy and $6.00 for each additional copy.


The mailing address for requesting birth and death certificates is: 

County Clerk's office, 1001 Walnut, Murphysboro, Illinois 62966-2194.

Checks or money orders should be made payable to Larry W. Reinhardt, Jackson County Clerk.

Additional information is available by telephone. Call the County Clerk at 618-687-7360.