At the Cook County Clerk’s Office, we are here to serve.   

In addition to functioning as the Chief Election Authority for suburban Cook County, the Clerk's Office maintains birth, marriage, and death records; records and maintains deeds, property documents and business forms; assists property owners in redeeming delinquent taxes, and serves as the Clerk of the Cook County Board of Commissioners.

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Cook County Clerk Divisions

The Cook County Clerk's office is the official record keeper for births, marriages, civil unions and deaths that occur in Chicago and suburban Cook County.

The Cook County Clerkʼs office is the chief election authority for more than 120 towns and villages in suburban Cook County.

The Cook County Clerk's office maintains delinquent tax records, tax maps & information regarding TIF districts.

The Cook County Clerk's Recordings Division accurately records, stores and maintains land records and other official documents.

The Cook County Clerk's Ethics Filings Division accepts and records documents detailing the financial activities of public officials, candidates, and certain government officials.

The Clerk of the Board records the activity of the Cook County Board by preparing board agendas and post-meeting reports as well as maintaining County Board records.

Safeguard vital military discharge records and operate a successful Veterans Service Office to provide veterans and their families with dignified and attentive service. The Veterans’ Office manages the Military and Veterans Discount Card program.

The Media Room contains news, videos, and upcoming event postings.


Lakeview Couple Rings in New Year as Cook County’s First Marriage of 2022

Clerk Yarbrough Weds the First Same-Sex Couple to Ever Win the Annual Contest


Clerk Yarbrough announces Lottery Drawing for First Marriage License of the 2022 New Year

Clerk Yarbrough is inviting couples interested in tying the knot in 2022 to apply to receive the first marriage license of the 2022 New Year.


Meet The Clerk

Karen A. Yarbrough, Cook County's first African American and female Clerk, has a B.A. in Business Management from Chicago State University, an M.A. in Inner City Studies from Northeastern Illinois University, and advanced leadership studies at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Karen has served on numerous boards, enhancing the quality of life for citizens and has received many prestigious awards highlighting her advocacy, community service and legislative work. Click here to view her entire biography.