Getting married in Illinois

IMPORTANT NOTE: Marriage laws and license requirements change continually, so please check the latest information with your local marriage license bureau office or county clerk's office before making your wedding or travel plans, and before inviting your guests.

A couple who intends to be married in Illinois must apply in person for a marriage license to any county clerk's office in the state (see list below). There is no residency requirement for out-of-state applicants. While applicants may apply for a license in any county, the license is only effective in the county where issued. Therefore, the marriage must take place in the county where you obtained your license.

The application for a license must be signed by both the bride and groom in the presence of the county clerk. A representative cannot apply for the license on behalf of the bride or groom. This applies even if the representative has been given power of attorney. Notarized marriage license affidavits signed by the bride and groom cannot be substituted for her or his personal appearance.

Who may apply for a marriage license

Applicants who are 16 to 17 years of age must have parental or guardian consent. This requirement can be waived by a court. No person younger than 16 years of age can be married in Illinois. Proof of age (e.g., birth certificate, passport, driver's license, employment certificate, etc.) may be required.

Generally, marriages between cousins of the first degree are prohibited; however, first cousins may marry if both parties are 50 years of age or older; or either party, at the time the couple applies for a marriage license, presents to the county clerk of the county in which the marriage is to take place a certificate signed by a licensed physician stating that the party to the proposed marriage is permanently and irreversibly sterile.

ID requirements

If you do not have a valid photo id, such as a drivers license or state issued photo identification (ID), we need TWO pieces of documentation with your name, one of which must show your current address, to prove your identity. ONE piece of documentation can be a bill or other mail. The OTHER piece of documentation must be one of the following items listed below:

  • Medical/car insurance card
  • Car registration paperwork
  • Credit card statement
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck stub with imprinted information
  • Public assistance card
  • Voter’s registration card
  • Active duty military ID with issued and expiration dates


Previous marriages

Information regarding how previous marriages ended must be furnished in the application for a marriage license. This includes whether the former spouse died or was divorced and, if so, when and where the divorce was granted. A certified copy of the divorce decree(s) or certificate(s) of dissolution of marriage may be required by the clerk issuing the marriage license.

Blood tests and other tests

No blood tests and other tests are required. The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5/204) now only requires the county clerk to distribute free of charge, to all persons applying for a marriage license, a brochure "Getting Married, Know the Facts about Your Sexual Health" prepared by the Illinois Department of Public Health concerning sexually transmitted diseases and inherited metabolic diseases.

Marriage ceremonies and witnesses

No particular type of ceremony is required. The law simply requires the marriage to be performed by certain public or religious officials.


To be valid, a marriage must be performed by one of the following individuals:
a judge of a court of record or a retired judge of a court of record; a judge of the Court of Claims; the county clerk in counties having 2 million or more inhabitants (Cook County); a public official whose powers include solemnizing marriages; or an officiant performing the marriage in accordance with the principles of any religious denomination, Indian nation or tribe or native group provided that when such principles require an officiant, the officiant be in good standing with his religious denomination, Indian nation or tribe or native group.

More than one officiant can perform the marriage. Officiants do not have to reside in Illinois.

The person solemnizing the marriage must complete the marriage certificate form and forward it to the appropriate county clerk within 10 days after the marriage is solemnized. A newly married couple is required to file the marriage certificate if more than one officiant is involved and none of the officiants have assumed that responsibility.


In most counties, the fee for a marriage license is $15, payable at the time of application, but this fee may be up to $30 in different counties.

Waiting period

Yes. Illinois has a one-day waiting period. For example, if the license is applied for on Wednesday, the marriage may occur on Thursday. For just cause, the one-day waiting period may be waived by petitioning the court.

Validity of license

A marriage license is valid for 60 days, beginning the day after it is issued.

Copy of marriage certificate

Certified copies of marriage records are available from the county clerk in the county where the marriage occurred (see list below). The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Division of Vital Records does not issue certified copies of marriage records.

For a $5 fee, IDPH, Division of Vital Records can verify the facts of a marriage that has taken place from 1962 through the current index date available. Verifications can be obtained by mail, by fax or in person.

Copies can be obtained from:

Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Vital Records
925 East Ridgely Ave.
Springfield, IL 62702-2737

For more information

Find out more from Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Vital Records

Here is a list of County Clerk offices in Illinois:

Adams County Clerk
Adams County Courthouse
507 Vermont St., P.O. Box 1169
Quincy, IL 62301
Livingston County Clerk and Register County Courthouse
112 W. Madison St.
Pontiac, IL 61764
815-844-2006, ext. 128 
Alexander County Clerk
2000 Washington Ave.
Cairo IL 62914
Logan County Clerk Courthouse, Room 20
P.O. Box 278
Lincoln, IL 62656
Bond County Clerk
203 W. College
203 County Office Building
Greenville, IL 62246
Lee County Clerk and Register Courthouse
112 E. Second St.
P.O. Box 329
Dixon, IL 61021
Boone County Clerk Courthouse
601 N. Main St.
Belvidere, IL 61008
McDonough County Clerk
#1 Courthouse Square
Macomb, IL 61455
Brown County Clerk and Register Courthouse
Mount Sterling, IL 62353
McHenry County Clerk
McHenry County Government Center
2200 N. Seminary Ave.
Woodstock, IL 60098
Bureau County Clerk and Register Courthouse
700 S. Main St.
Princeton, IL 61356
McLean County Clerk
115 E Washington Street,
Room 102
PO Box 2400
Bloomington, IL 61702-2400
Calhoun County Clerk and Register Courthouse
Hardin, IL 62047
Macon County Clerk County Clerk and Register
141 S. Main St. - Rm. 104
Decatur, IL 62523-1210
Carroll County Clerk
301 N. Main
P.O. Box 152
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
Macoupin County Clerk and Register Courthouse
P.O. Box 107
Carlinville, IL 62626
Cass County Clerk and Recorder Courthouse
Virginia, IL 62691
Madison County Clerk
Adminstration Building
157 N. Main St., Suite 109
P.O. Box 218
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Office of the County Clerk
1776 E. Washington St.
Urbana, IL 61802
Marion County Clerk and Register
P.O. Box 637
Salem, IL 62881
Christian County Clerk and Register Courthouse
Taylorville, IL 62568
Marshall County Clerk
122 N Prairie,
PO Box 328,
Lacon IL 61540-0328,
Clark County Clerk and Register County Courthouse
501 Archer Ave.
Marshall, IL 62441
Mason County Clerk
Havana IL 62644
Clay County Clerk Courthouse, room 106
P.O. Box 160
Louisville, IL 62858
Massac County Clerk and Register Courthouse
P.O. Box 429
Metropolis, IL 62960
Clinton County Clerk and Recorder
850 Fairfax St.
P.O. Box 308
Carlyle, IL 62231
Menard County Clerk and Register Courthouse
P.O. Box 465
Petersburg, IL 62675
Coles County Clerk Courthouse
651 Jackson Ave., Room 122
Charleston, IL 61920
Mercer County Clerk
City Clerk
120 N. College Av.
Aledo, IL 61231
Bureau of Statistics
118 N. Clark St. (lower concourse)
Chicago, IL 60664
Monroe County Clerk and Register County Courthouse
100 S. Main St.
Waterloo, IL 62298
618-939-8681 ext. 306 
Crawford County Clerk/Recorder
Crawford County Courthouse
P.O. Box 602
Robinson, IL 62454
Montgomery County Clerk Courthouse
#1 Courthouse Square
P.O. Box 595
Hillsboro, IL 62049
Cumberland County Clerk and Register Courthouse
P.O. Box 146
Toledo, IL 62468
Morgan County Clerk Courthouse
300 W. State St.
P.O. Box 1387
Jacksonville, IL 62650
DeKalb County Clerk Courthouse
110 E. Sycamore St.
Sycamore, IL 60178
Moultrie County Clerk and Register Courthouse
10 S. Main St. - Suite 6
Sullivan, IL 61951
DeWitt County Clerk
201 W. Washington St.
P.O. Box 439
Clinton, IL 61727
Ogle County Clerk
Ogle County Courthouse
Fourth and Washington Sts.
P.O. Box 357
Oregon, IL 61061
Douglas County Clerk
401 S. Center
P.O. Box 467
Tuscola, IL 61953
Peoria County Clerk Courthouse
324 Main St., Ste. 101
Peoria, IL 61602
DuPage County Clerk
421 N. County Farm Road
P.O. Box 1028
Wheaton, IL 60187
Perry County Clerk Government Building
3764 State Rte. 13/127
P.O. Box 438
Pinckneyville, IL 62274
Edgar County Recorder
115 W. Court St., Room J
Paris, IL 61944
Piatt County Clerk Courthouse
101 W. Washington St.
P.O. Box 558
Monticello, IL 61856
Edwards County Clerk and Register Courthouse
Albion, IL 62806
Pike County Clerk
100 E. Washington St.
Pittsfield, IL 62363
Effingham County Clerk and Register
101 N. Fourth St., Second Floor
Suite 201
Effingham, IL 62401
Pope County Clerk Courthouse
400 Main St.
P.O. Box 216
Golconda, IL 62938
Fayette County Clerk Courthouse
221 S. Seventh St.
P.O. Box 401
Vandalia, IL 62471
Pulaski County Clerk and Register Courthouse
500 Illinois Ave.
P.O. Box 118
Mound City, IL 62963
Local Register and County Clerk Courthouse
200 W. State St., Room 101
Paxton, IL 60957
Putnam County Clerk Courthouse
120 N. Fourth St.
Hennepin, IL 61327
Franklin County Clerk Courthouse
Benton, IL 62812
Randolph County Clerk Courthouse
#1 Taylor St., Room 202
Chester, IL 62233
618-826-5000, ext. 191  
Fulton County Clerk Courthouse
100 N. Main
Lewistown, IL 61542
Richland County Clerk and Register County Courthouse
103 W. Main St.
Olney, IL 62450
Gallatin County Clerk and Register Courthouse
P.O. Box 550
Shawneetown, IL 62984
Rock Island County Clerk County Building
1504 Third Ave.
Rock Island, IL 61201
Greene County Clerk
519 N. Main St.
Carrollton, IL 62016
St. Clair County Clerk
St. Clair County Building
10 Public Square
Belleville, IL 62220
Grundy County Clerk and Register County Courthouse
111 E. Washington St.
P.O. Box 675
Morris, IL 60450-0675
Saline County Clerk and Register Courthouse
10 E. Poplar St.
Harrisburg, IL 62946
Hamilton County Clerk and Register Courthouse
McLeansboro, IL 62859
Sangamon County Clerk
County Building
200 S. Ninth, Room 101
Springfield, IL 62701
Hancock County Clerk Courthouse
P.O. Box 39
Carthage, IL 62321
Schuyler County Clerk Courthouse
102 S. Congress
P.O. Box 200
Rushville, IL 62681
Hardin County Clerk and Register Courthouse
P.O. Box 187
Elizabethtown, IL 62931
Scott County Clerk and Register Courthouse
Winchester, IL 62694
Henderson County Clerk and Register County Courthouse
PO Box 308
Oquawka, IL 61469
Shelby County Clerk Courthouse
P.O. Box 230
Shelbyville, IL 62565
Henry County Clerk's Office
Henry County Courthouse
307 W. Center St.
Cambridge, IL 61238
Stark County Clerk and Register County Courthouse
130 W. Main St.
Toulon, IL 61483
Iroquois County Clerk and Register
1001 E. Grant St.
Watseka, IL 60970
Stephenson County Clerk Courthouse
15 N. Galena Ave.
Freeport, IL 61032
Jackson County Health Department
415 Health Department Rd.
P.O. Box 307
Murphysboro, IL 62966
Tazewell County Clerk and Register
McKenzie Building - 2nd Floor
Fourth and Court Streets
Pekin, IL 61554
Jasper County Clerk Courthouse
204 W. Washington, Suite 2
Newton, IL 62448
Union County Clerk and Register
309 W. Market St., Room 100
Jonesboro, IL 62952
Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder County Courthouse
100 S. 10th St.
Mount Vernon, IL 62864
Vermilion County Clerk
Courthouse Annex
6 N. Vermilion St.
Danville, IL 61832
Jersey County Clerk and Register
200 N. Lafayette, Suite 1
P.O. Box 216
Jerseyville, IL 62052
618-498-5571 ext. 115 
Wabash County Clerk Courthouse
401 Market St.
P.O. Box 277
Mount Carmel, IL 62863
Jo Daviess County Clerk Courthouse
330 N. Bench St.
Galena, IL 61036
Warren County Clerk and Register Courthouse
100 W. Broadway
Monmouth, IL 61462
Johnson County Clerk and Register Courthouse
400 Court Square
P.O. Box 96
Vienna, IL 62995
Washington County Clerk County Courthouse
101 E. St. Louis St.
Nashville, IL 62263
618-327-4800, ext. 300  
Kane County Clerk and Register
Kane County Government Center
719 S. Batavia Ave., Building B
P.O. Box 70
Geneva, IL 60134
Wayne County Clerk Courthouse
P.O. Box 187
Fairfield, IL 62837
Kankakee County Clerk and Register
189 E. Court St.
Kankakee, IL 60901
White County Clerk Courthouse
P.O. Box 339
Carmi, IL 62821
Kendall County Clerk and Register County Courthouse
111 W. Fox St.
Yorkville, IL 60560
Whiteside County Clerk Courthouse
200 E. Knox St.
Morrison, IL 61270
Knox County Clerk and Register Courthouse
Galesburg, IL 61401
Will County Clerk
Will County Office Building
302 N. Chicago St.
Joliet, IL 60432
815-740-4626 - (Marriages)
Lake County Clerk Courthouse
18 N. County St.
Waukegan, IL 60085
Williamson County Clerk Courthouse
200 W. Jefferson
P.O. Box 1108
Marion, IL 62959
618-997-1301, ext. 100 
LaSalle County Clerk
LaSalle County Government Center
707 Etna Road
Ottawa, IL 61350
Winnebago County Clerk
401 Division St.
Rockford, IL 61104
Lawrence County Clerk County Courthouse
Lawrenceville, IL 62439
Woodford County Clerk and Register
County Courthouse
115 N. Main, Suite 202
Eureka, IL 61530

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