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Planning & Prep: Obtaining an Illinois Marriage License

Requirements
The bride and groom must appear together in person at the time of application. Medical records and blood tests are currently not required in Illinois.

Who May Apply
  • People of the opposite sex 18 years of age or older who are not blood relatives may marry without parental consent
  • First cousins 50 years or older
  • Persons 16-17 years of age applying for a marriage license must provide the following information: Sworn consent from each parent, legal guardian or a judge—in person—before the county clerk at the time of application. Those giving consent must provide proper identification, including: valid drivers license; valid state identification; valid Illinois Department of Public Aid card; or valid passport. If the legal guardian is giving consent, a certified copy of the guardianship papers must be provided.


What to Provide
You must provide one of the following pieces of information to receive your license.
  • Valid U.S. Drivers License
  • Valid U.S. Passport or U.S. Military Identification Card
  • Valid Illinois Department of Public Aid card (the I.D. and the medical card)
  • If the above are not available, you must provide two of the following: Certified copy of birth certificate; U.S. naturalization papers; A valid foreign passport; A baptismal record showing birth date of applicant; All consulate identification cards


Cost
Depending on the county, $15.00 to $30.00 payable in cash only.

Waiting Period & Expiration Of License
There is a 24-hour waiting period between the time the license is issued and the time it becomes valid. The license is valid for 60 days from the date of issue and must be obtained in the county where the ceremony will take place.

Where to Go
Call to verify hours and requirements and additional locations in each county.

COOK COUNTY 
118 N. Clark St., (lower concourse) 
Chicago, IL 60602 312-603-7788 

DEKALB COUNTY 
110 E. Sycamore St., Sycamore, IL 60178 815-895-7149

DUPAGE COUNTY
421 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton, IL 60187 630-682-7035

GRUNDY COUNTY 
11 E. Washington St., Morris, IL 60450 217-942-5443

KANE COUNTY
719 S. Batavia Ave. (Rt. 31), Geneva, IL 60143 630-232-5950


KANKAKEE COUNTY 
189 E. Court St., Kankakee, IL 60901 815-937-2990

LAKE COUNTY 
18 N. County St., Waukegan, IL 60085 847-377-2400


MCHENRY COUNTY
2200 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock, IL 60098 815-334-4242

Will COUNTY
302 N. Chicago, Joliet, IL 60431 815-740-4626

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