Death Certificates

The Adams County Clerk has death certificates beginning with the year 1878.  For genealogy searches, click here.


Who may obtain a copy of a death certificate?

A person or his/her authorized agent having a genealogical, personal, or proper interest in the record (a relative or a person who can prove a financial interest).

What is required before you can obtain a copy of a death certificate?

  • A government issued picture ID (Drivers License, State ID Card).  If your request is by mail, send a copy of your ID.

  • A fee of $14.00 for the first copy, and $11.00 for each additional copy of the same record issued at the same time.

 How can you obtain a copy of a death certificate?

  • Decedent’s name

  • Decedent’s date of death

  • Decedent’s city of death

Before sending your request, be sure the death occurred in Adams County.

1.  In Person - Stop by our office at 507 Vermont St, Quincy, IL.  Our hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 - 4:30.  You need to have your ID and payment.  We accept cash, check, Mastercard, and Discover.

2. By Mail - Send your request form, check made payable to Adams County Clerk, a copy of your photo ID, and a self-addressed stamped envelope to 507 Vermont St, Quincy, IL.  Please print clearly and legibly.

Death Certificate Request Form

3.  Online - Click on the E-Pay logo below.  Please follow directions CLOSELY.

NOTE: When faxing the required identification to our office include an email address or phone number in which we can reach you if the document is unreadable.  If you have questions, or if you wish to ensure your documents have reached our office, you may call us at 217-277-2158.

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