is a Vital Record?
A vital record is
considered a record of a birth, death, or marriage. The Knox
County Clerk is the keeper of all such records of births, deaths,
and marriages that occurred within the boundaries of Knox County,
You Should Know About Legal Access to Vital Records
In an effort to
prevent identity theft and protect the privacy of those named on
vital records, the Office of the Knox County Clerk works diligently
to ensure the integrity and confidentiality of the records
maintained by the County Clerk.
In accordance with the
Illinois Vital Records Act (410 ILCS 535), you should know that only
specific individuals have legal access to vital records. The
Office of the Knox County Clerk will only issue records to those
individuals who are authorized by law. Providing information
and/or records to those who are not entitled under the Act is a
violation of Illinois Law. We will not issue any record
without proper identification and certification by an authorized
requestor. Vital records are not considered public information
and are not subject to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
Fraudulent use of any
vital record is a Class 4 Felony punishable by imprisonment of up to
3 years and a fine of $10,000, or both.
Please Note: No
information or requests about vital records may be obtained via the
A Type of Vital Record: