Chester, IL


County Clerk

1 Taylor Street, Room 202 

Chester, IL 62233

Voice: 618.826.5000 ext 191

Fax: 618.826.3750

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How long does it take to acquire a death certificate?

For a natural death, the time period is normally a week to 10 days. For a death under other than natural circumstances, an average time period is two to six weeks.


What is an inquest?

An inquest is an inquiry into the manner and cause of someone's death. Testimony is given regarding circumstances surrounding the death.


Can I obtain copies of reports concerning someone's death?

Yes. If an inquest is to be held, reports are not available until after the inquest. Certain fees apply.


How far back do the records of this office go?

The files in our office go back to 1922.