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Marriage license requirements in the state of Illinois, here's what you need to bring with you, and what you need to know about the Illinois marriage laws before applying for the Illinois marriage license application. We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your ceremony date.

It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

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Obtaining a Marriage License in Chicago

Applying For A Marriage License:

Before getting married in Chicago or suburban Cook County, couples must obtain a marriage license from the Cook County Clerk's office.

Eligibility

Under Illinois law, only eligible persons can marry. Both the bride and groom must:

Individuals who reside out of state may not apply for a marriage license in Illinois if such a marriage would not be legal in their home state.

Exceptions

Both parents or legal guardians must:

  1. appear in person
  2. provide sworn consent of the marriage at that time
  3. provide valid identification

If a court-appointed legal guardian is providing consent, a certified copy of the appointment is required.

Applicants who are 16 or 17 must present the following:

Applying

Couples must appear together at one of the Cook County Clerk's six locations. They must:

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

Timelines and restrictions

Marriage licenses are:

After the marriage ceremony occurs

The officiant performing the ceremony must complete the bottom portion of the marriage license and mail or deliver it to the Clerk's office.


Special ID requirements for marriage and civil union licenses

One form of ID if submitting one of the following:

- OR -

Any combination of two of these forms of ID:


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

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.

It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

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Cook County Clerk's Office

Downtown Chicago - Daley Center
50 W. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
Call: (312) 603-7790

North suburbs - Skokie
5600 W. Old Orchard Road
Skokie, IL 60077

Call: (847) 470-7233

Northwest suburbs - Rolling Meadows
2121 Euclid Ave.
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

Call: (847) 818-2850

West suburbs - Maywood
1311 Maybrook Square, Room 104
Maywood, IL 60153

Call: (708) 865-6010

South suburbs - Markham
16501 S. Kedzie
Markham, IL 60426

Call: (708) 232-4150

Southwest suburbs - Bridgeview
10220 S. 76th Ave.
Bridgeview, IL 60455

Call: (708) 974-6150



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