Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a Illinois marriage license. We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your wedding date.
Congratulations and much happiness as you begin your lifetime journey together!
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.
Residency Requirement:You do not have to be a resident of Illinois.
Waiting Period in Illinois:
Previous Marriages:You must provide a certified copy of your divorce if you have been divorced within the last six months.
Fees in Illinois:
Common Law Marriages:
Same Sex Marriages:
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
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.
Please notify us of any oversights or errors.