Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Planning and Prep: Obtaining an Illinois Marriage License

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The whole "planning a wedding" thing is hard enough without figuring out how to do all the technical bits and pieces. It's okay, we've made it nice and easy for you.

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Here are all the details you'll need to know in order to obtain an Illinois Marriage License:

  • 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, U.S. Military Identification Card
  • Valid Illinois Department of Public Aid card (the I.D. and the medical card)
  • If the above is 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.


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

Waiting Period / Expiration Of License
  • There is 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
  • Locations vary by county. Call to verify hours, requirements and additional locations in each county. 
  • See below to find your county's location

118 N. Clark St., (lower concourse) Chicago, IL 60602 312-603-7788
110 E. Sycamore St., Sycamore, IL 60178 815-895-7149
421 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton, IL 60187 630-682-7035
11 E. Washington St., Morris, IL 60450 217-942-5443
719 S. Batavia Ave. (Rt. 31), Geneva, IL 60143 630-232-5950
189 E. Court St., Kankakee, IL 60901 815-937-2990
18 N. County St., Waukegan, IL 60085 847-377-2400
2200 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock, IL 60098 815-334-4242
302 N. Chicago, Joliet, IL 60431 815-740-4626

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