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Marriage Laws United States Illinois Winnebago County

Winnebago County Marriage License Office
County Recorder
400 West State Street
Rockford, IL 61101
815. 987. 3050
approximately $25 - $30. (cash only)
M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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ID Requirement:

Show proof of age and identification. Acceptable documents are: driver’s license, state id card, passport, military id card, Illinois Department of Public Aid card. If you do not have any of these, two of the following will be accepted: certified copy of your birth certificate, baptismal record with birth date, foreign passport, naturalization papers, US resident alien card, life insurance policy in effect for one year with your birth date, all consulate id cards. Affidavits not accepted.

Residency Requirement:

You do not have to be a resident of Illinois.

Waiting Period in Illinois

Illinois has a twenty-four (24) hour waiting period to get married.

Previous Marriages:

You must provide a certified copy of your divorce if you have been divorced within the last six months.

Fees in Illinois

Getting married in Illinois will cost you approximately $25 - $30. (cash, check, or money order)

Other Tests:

None.

Proxy Marriages:

No.

Cousin Marriages:

Yes, first cousins may marry if they are older than the age of 50.

Common Law Marriages:

No.

Same Sex Marriages:

No.

Under 18:

If you are 16 or 17 years of age, you will have to provide a copy of your birth certificate along with some other sort of identification showing your date of birth. You will also need to have the sworn consent from each parent, each legal guardian or a judge - in person - before the county clerk at the time of application. Your parents or guardians will need to provide identification like a driver's license, state identification card, Illinois Department of Public Aid card, or passport. If your parent is deceased, you will need to show a death certificate or proof of guardianship, or a court order waiving consent. A legal guardian will also need to show a certified copy of the guardianship papers. If you are under sixteen (16) years of age, you cannot get married in Illinois.

Officiants:

Ordained ministers, judges, retired judges, and public officials whose powers include solemnization of marriages.

Miscellaneous:

License is valid for sixty (60) days only in the county in which it was issued.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Illinois Dept. of Public Health
Division of Vital Records
605 W. Jefferson St.
Springfield, IL 62702-5097
217-782-6553
Fax: 217-523-2648

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Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.


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