Illinois Marriage License Laws and Requirements

Find out how to get married in IL

If you're getting married in the state of Illinois you must first apply for a wedding license at any in-state county clerk office. These offices, some of which are referred to as the "marriage license bureau," are usually located in the county probate court or circuit court. This document outlines the requirements you must adhere to in order to get a valid marriage license that can be used statewide. Let's begin…

Cost of Your License

How much does a marriage license cost?

The marriage license fee is $15.00 to $30.00, cash only. Accepted forms of payment are cash.

Residency Requirement

Are there any special residency conditions for in-state or out-of-state residents?

There are none. You do not have to be a previous or current resident of Illinois to obtain a marriage license that will be valid statewide.

Waiting Period

After I submit my application how long do I have to wait before I receive my marriage license?

There is no waiting period. You will receive your marriage license immediately after you submit your application.

Is there a waiting period from the moment the license is given to me to the date I'm allowed to actually marry?

Yes, after you receive your license, there is still a mandatory 1 day waiting period before you can actually get married.

License Expiration

How long will my marriage license remain valid once it's been issued?

Your license will expire 60 days from the date it is issued. Once it expires, it can no longer be used to get married.

What happens if my marriage license expires before I get a chance to use it?

Unfortunately, you'll just have to get a brand new one as your expired one will no longer be recognized as valid by the state nor by the person who will be responsible for officiating your marriage.

Age Requirement

How old must I be to get married?

You must be at least 18 years of age or older to marry without parental consent. A birth certificate may be necessary to show proof of age.

What if one or both of us is younger than 18?

If either partner is under 18, parents or legal guardians must be present. If a parent can not be present, due to death, separation, divorce or other circumstances, proper evidence must be presented for verification. You will need a certified copy of your birth certificate. If you are under 16 you can not marry.

Blood Test

Are blood tests and physical exams required?

No blood test or physical exam is required.

Divorced or Widowed Applicants

What if one or both partners have been divorced or have had a spouse die?

If you were previously married, the date of your divorce or the date of your spouse's death must be provided. If the divorce or spouse's death had taken place within the last 6 months, bring a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate. If necessary, a copy of your divorce records or spouse's death certificate can be ordered from your local vital records office and mailed to you.

Marriage Name Change

How do I legally change my name before or after I get married?

When you are married, you will receive a marriage certificate, which is a piece of paper proving that you are legally married. This document will serve as evidence of your marriage, which you'll need to complete the process of notifying several government agencies about your name change, as well as any non-government institutions that you do business with (ie, banks, employers, credit cards, memberships, etc).

There is an online marriage name change kit that you can use and complete before or after your marriage takes place. It's applicable for Illinois or any other state in the union. Completing all the necessary name change documentation prior to your wedding is recommended in order to expedite the name change process.

Proxy Marriage

What is a proxy marriage?

A proxy marriage, also known as a "proxy wedding," is when one or both partners to be married are unable to physically attend the ceremony. The missing person, or persons, will have someone "stand in" for them and serve as their "proxy."

Can I get married by proxy if I'm unable to to be present for the ceremony?

No, getting married by proxy is not allowed in Illinois. There are actually only five states left that do allow marriage by proxy.

Common Law Marriage

What is a common law marriage?

The term "common law marriage" refers to an informal marriage, based upon cohabitation and a mutual understanding by both partners, rather than getting married through a civil or religious ceremony. The latter, more common approach, would require an actual Illinois marriage license.

Is a common law marriage a legal option for me instead of undergoing a conventional marriage?

No, common-law marriages are not allowed in Illinois. This is unsurprising as only one-fifth of the country currently recognizes common law marriage.

Cousin Marriage

Can I get married to my cousin?

Yes, cousin marriages (first, second, etc) are allowed to take place. Cousins may marry as long as both are over the age of 50.

Same Sex Marriage

Are same sex marriages legal?

Yes, same-sex marriages are allowed and legally recognized in Illinois.

Where to Go

Where do I physically need to go to get my marriage license?

Illinois has 102 offices where a marriage license can be acquired. Simply choose a location below to visit. Phone numbers as well as map and accompanying driving direction links are provided for every address.

Adams County , Vital Statistics

521 Vermont St
Quincy, IL 62306


Alexander County Clerk

2000 Washington Ave
Cairo, IL 62914


Bond County Clerk

203 W College Ave
Greenville, IL 62246


Boone County Clerk , 601 North Main St

Suite 202
Belvedere, IL 61008


Brown County Clerk

200 W Court St, # 4
Mount Sterling, IL 62353


Bureau County Clerk , 700 S. Main St

P.O. Box 336
Princeton, IL 61356


Calhoun County Clerk

102 County Road
Hardin, IL 62047


Carroll County Clerk

P.O. Box 152
Mt. Carroll, IL 61053


Cass County Clerk , 100 E Springfield St

Cass County Courthouse
Virginia, IL 62691


Champaign County Clerk

1776 E Washington St
Urbana, IL 61801


Christian County Clerk

101 S Main St
Taylorville, IL 62568


Clark County Clerk , Clark County Courthouse

501 Archer Ave, # 4
Marshall, IL 62441


Clay County Clerk

Clay County Bldg Rm 106
Louisville, IL 62858


Clinton County Clerk , 891 Fairfax St

County Courthouse
Carlyle, IL 62231


Coles County Recorder

7th & Monroe
Charleston, IL 61920


Cook County Clerk

118 N Clark St, #434
Chicago, IL 60602


Crawford County Clerk

1 Public Square
Robinson, IL 62454


Cumberland County Clerk

P.O. Box 146
Toledo, IL 62468


De Kalb County Clerk

110 East Sycamore St
Sycamore, IL 60178


De Witt County Clerk

201 W Washington St
Clinton, IL 61727


Douglas County Clerk

401 S Center St
Tuscola, IL 61953


Du Page County Recorder , 421 North County Farm Road

P.O. Box 936
Wheaton, IL 60187


Edgar County Clerk

115 W Court St, # J
Paris, IL 61944


Edwards County Clerk

50 E Main St
Albion, IL 62806


Effingham County Clerk

101 N 4th St, # 201
Effingham, IL 62401


Fayette County Clerk

221 S 7th St
Vandalia, IL 62471


Ford County Recorder

200 W State St Room 101
Paxton, IL 60957


Franklin County Recorder

202 W Main St
Benton, IL 62812


Fulton County Clerk

100 N Main St
Lewistown, IL 61542


Gallatin County Clerk

W Lincoln Blvd
Shawneetown, IL 62984


Greene County Clerk

519 N Main St, # 6
Carrolton, IL 62016


Grundy County Clerk

111 E Washington St
Morris, IL 60450


Hamilton County Clerk

Hamilton County Courthouse
Mcleansboro, IL 62859


Hancock County Clerk

P.O. Box 39
Carthage, IL 62321


Hardin County Clerk

Main St
Elizabeth Town, IL 62931


Henderson County Clerk

Corner 4th & Warren St
Oquawka, IL 61469


Henry County Clerk

100 S Main St
Cambridge, IL 61238


Iroquois County Clerk

1001 E Grant St
Watseka, IL 60970


Jackson County Clerk

1001 Walnut St, # 1
Murphysboro, IL 62966


Jasper County Clerk

100 W Jourdan St
Newton, IL 62448


Jefferson County Clerk

100 S 10th St, # 105
Mount Vernon, IL 62864


Jersey County Clerk

201 West Pearl St
Jerseyville, IL 62052


Jo Daviess County Clerk

330 N Bench St, # 3
Galena, IL 61036


Johnson County Clerk

400 Court Square
Vienna, IL 62995


Kane County Clerk

719 S. Batavia Ave
Geneva, IL 60134


Kankakee County Clerk

189 East Court St
Kankakee, IL 60901


Kendall County Clerk

111 West Fox Rd
Yorkville, IL 60560


Knox County Clerk

200 S Cherry St
Galesburg, IL 61401


La Salle County Clerk

707 Etna Road
Ottawa, IL 61350


Lake County Clerk

18 N County St Room 507
Waukegan, IL 60085


Lawrence County Clerk

1100 State St
Lawrenceville, IL 62439


Lee County Clerk

112 E 2nd St
Dixon, IL 61021


Livingston County Clerk

112 West Madison St
Pontiac, IL 61764


Logan County Clerk

601 Broadway St, # 20
Lincoln, IL 62656


Macon County Clerk

141 S Main St, # 104
Decatur, IL 62523


Macoupin County Clerk

157 N Main St, # 109
Carlinville, IL 62026


Madison County Clerk

P.O. Box 308
Edwardsville, IL 62025


Marion County Clerk , 100 E Main St, # 201

Main And Broadway
Salem, IL 62881


Marshall County Clerk

122 North Prairie St
Lacon, IL 61540


Mason County Recorder

125 N Plum St
Havana, IL 62644


Massac County Clerk

1 Superman Sq., # 2a
Metropolis, IL 62960


Mc Donough County Clerk

1 Court House
Macomb, IL 61455


Mc Henry County Clerk , 2200 N Seminary Ave

County Government.Center
Woodstock, IL 60098


Mc Lean County Clerk

104 West Front, Room 708
Bloomington, IL 61701


Menard County Recorder

P.O. Box 465
Petersburg, IL 62675


Mercer County Clerk

100 SE 3rd St
Aledo, IL 61231


Monroe County Recorder

100 S Main St, # 226
Waterloo, IL 62298


Montgomery County Clerk

1 Courthouse Square
Hilsboro, IL 62049


Morgan County Clerk

300 W State St
Jacksonville, IL 62651


Moultrie County Clerk

10 S Main St
Sullivan, IL 61951


Ogle County Recorder , Ogle County Courthouse

4th And 5th St
Oregon, IL 61061


Peoria County , Recorder Of Deed

300 Main St
Peoria, IL 61602


Perry County Clerk

P.O. Box 438
Pickneyville, IL 62274


Piatt County Recorder , P.O. Box 558

101 W Washington
Monticello, IL 61856


Pike County Recorder

Pike County Court House
Pittsfield, IL 62363


Pope County Recorder

P.O. Box 216
Golconda, IL 62938


Pulaski County Recorder

P.O. Box 218
Mound City, IL 62963


Putnam County Recorder

P.O. Box 236
Hennepin, IL 61327


Randolph County Clerk

#1 Taylor St
Chester, IL 62233


Richland County Recorder

Richland County Courthouse
Olney, IL 62450


Rock Island County Recorder

210 15th St
Rock Island, IL 61201


Saline County Clerk

10 W Poplar St
Harrisburg, IL 62946


Sangamon County Clerk , P.O. Box 669

200 S 9th St, # 101a
Springfield, IL 62705


Schuyler County Clerk

102 S Congress St
Rushville, IL 62681


Scott County Clerk

101 E Market St
Winchester, IL 62694


Shelby County Clerk

301 E Main St
Shelbyville, IL 62565


St Clair County Clerk , P.O. Box 543

10 Public Square
Belleville, IL 62222


Stark County Clerk

130 W Main St
Toulon, IL 61483


Stephenson County Clerk

15 North Galena Ave
Freeport, IL 61032


Tazewell County Clerk

11 S 4th St
Pekin, IL 61554


Union County Clerk

311 W Market St
Jonesboro, IL 62952


Vermilion County Clerk

6 North Vermilion St
Danville, IL 61832


Wabash County Clerk , P.O. Box 277

401 N Market St
Mount Carmel, IL 62863


Warren County Clerk

100 W Broadway
Monmouth, IL 61462


Washington County Clerk

Nashville, IL 62263


Wayne County Recorder

P.O. Box 187
Fairfield, IL 62837


White County Recorder

P.O. Box 339
Carmi, IL 62821


Whiteside County , Recorder

200 E Knox St
Morrison, IL 61270


Will County Recorder

302 North Chicago
Joliet, IL 60431


Williamson County Recorder

P.O. Box 1108
Marion, IL 62959


Winnebago County Recorder , 400 West State St

Recorder Of Deeds
Rockford, IL 61101


Woodford County Recorder

P.O. Box 38
Eureka, IL 61530