Military Services Members - Death Certificates

Death Certificates for Retired or Active-Duty United States Military Service Members

Death certificates are considered vital records. Only those who have a legal right to the record may obtain the record.


  • Identification of the person applying for the death certificate in the form of a valid photo ID.
  • Proof that the Service Member was Retired or Active-Duty at the time of death
    • DD214
    • Letter from Veteran’s Affair Office
    • Copy of military ID
    • Other
Type of CertificateFee
Retired or Active-Duty Service Member of the United States military
$0.00 for first copy (effective 1/1/2023)
$6.00 for each additional copy (effective 1/1/2023)

You may request birth or death certificates in 3 different ways: 
By Mail, In Person, or Online.

1) By Mail:

Submit a completed Service Member Death Certificate Application (PDF), a copy of your valid photo ID, proof of the Service Member’s status of RETIRED or ACTIVE-DUTY (see above), and a check or money order for the appropriate fee (see above chart) to the McLean County Health Department.

McLean County Health Department
200 W. Front St.
Room 304
Bloomington, IL 61701

2) In Person:

Applications are accepted in person from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Individuals requesting a Birth or Death Certificate must provide a valid photo ID and proof of the Service Member’s status as RETIRED or ACTIVE-DUTY.

3) Online:


  • Is the date of death before January 1, 1999? Click Here
  • Is the date of death ON or AFTER January 1, 1999? Click Here
    • You must upload a copy of your photo ID
    • You must upload proof (see above) of the Service Members’ status as Retiree or Active-Duty

MULTIPLE DEATH CERTIFICATES for the same Service Member:

  • Is the date of death before January 1, 1999? Click Here
  • Is the date of death on or AFTER January 1, 1999? Click Here