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Marriage Licenses and Civil Union Licenses

Every person in Illinois who wishes to marry or have a civil union must first secure a license from the county clerk in the county where the ceremony will take place. Both parties must appear together with identifying information such as a driver’s license or state ID for each.

If either one of you was previously married, you must bring a copy of the death certificate, divorce decree, or annulment papers with a translation when the papers come from a foreign country in a language other than English. Non-citizens must bring a passport, visa, or green card.

The license expires after 60 days. The license will not be valid the first day following issuance due to a mandatory “cooling off” period. You must therefore consider the timing.

The license must accurately show all of the couple’s names. By law, I cannot make corrections at the ceremony. Make sure you double check the accuracy of your license when you receive it at the clerk’s office counter.

The fee is subject to change by law. For a fee, the Clerk will provide certified copies after the ceremony when either party makes application. I advise you to get at least one original and two or more copies for use in name changes, social security benefits, insurance coverage, citizenship, etc.

You may obtain marriage and civil union licenses at the following locations:

Cook County Clerk

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50 W. Washington (concourse)
Chicago, IL
312-603-5656     get a map
2121 Euclid Ave.
Rolling Meadows, IL
847-818-2850     get a map
1311 Maybrook Square #109
Maywood, IL
708-865-6010     get a map
16501 S. Kedzie Ave. #238
Markham, IL
708-210-4150     get a map
5600 W. Old Orchard Rd. #149
Skokie, IL
847-470-7233     get a map
10220 S. 76th Ave. #238
Bridgeview, IL
708-974-6150     get a map

DuPage County Clerk

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421 N. County Farm Rd.
Wheaton, IL 60187
630-407-5500     get a map

Lake County Clerk

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18 N. County Street, Rm. 101
Waukegan, IL 60085
847-360-3610    get a map

McHenry County Clerk

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2200 N. Seminary Rd.
(Route 47)
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-338-2040    get a map

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