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Illinois State, IL

State of Illinois
Application Process

  • The marriage license fee in Illinois varies by county and is required at the time of application. Please call ahead to verify whether or not you need cash.

  • Couples getting married in Illinois must obtain a marriage license from the County Clerk’s office.

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.

  • Both applicants must appear at the County Clerk’s Office to obtain a Marriage License.

  • Both applicants must present proper proof of age identification, in the form of either a birth certificate or a valid driver’s license or state I.D.

  • If applicant was previously married, the date the marriage ended (month, day, year), the County and State the divorce or death is recorded in and how the marriage ended (death, divorce, etc.)

  • Marriage licenses are valid for 60 days beginning one day after the date issued.


Often no appointment is necessary, but call ahead to be sure.


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Application:

  • Both applicants must be present to obtain a license and be 18 years of age.

  • Both applicants must fill out and sign a marriage license application.

  • Both applicants must present valid identification with proof of age.

  • Bring your fee in cash (only)

  • Applicants who have divorced within the last six weeks must provide a certified copy of their divorce decree upon applying for a marriage license.

  • Applicants who were widowed within the last 6 weeks must provide a certified copy of the death certificate.

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


It is important that you verify all information with your local County Clerk’s office before making a trip to purchase your marriage license.



ID Requirement in Illinois:

  • State drivers license

  • State issued identification

  • U.S. passport or foreign passport (Must be readable, must have issue and expiration dates.)

  • U.S. Armed Forces identification card

  • Matricula Consular

  • Permanent Resident Card



Waiting Period in Illinois:

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



Residency Requirement:

You do not have to be a resident of Illinois.



Previous Marriages:

  • Applicants who have divorced within the last six weeks must provide a certified copy of their divorce decree upon applying for a marriage license.

  • Applicants who were widowed within the last 6 weeks must provide a certified copy of the death certificate.



Marriage License Fees in Illinois:

It will cost you $30.00+ to get married in Illinois. Some Illinois counties charge $50.00+. The cost of receiving a marriage license varies from county to county and some Illinois counties will only accept cash. Please call ahead to verify whether or not you need cash.




Proxy Marriages:

No.



Cousin Marriages:

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



Common Law Marriages:

No.



Blood test in Illinois:

No. Illinois does not require blood tests.



Name Change:

Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed. If you need to change your last name, you can use an online marriage name change kit.



Under 18:

Minors under age 18 but over age 16 may be married with the consent of parents. Both parents must appear at the time the license is issued and sign an affidavit consenting to marriage.



Officiants in Illinois:

Any ordained minister or religious leader may solemnize your marriage ceremony.



Witnesses:

Witnesses are not required by Illinois law.



License Validity Time:

Illinois marriage 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
Ph: 217.782.6553
Fx: 217.523.2648


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. For more information regarding Illinois marriage records please visit www.idph.state.il.us.