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

217-277-2162

Alexander County Clerk

2000 Washington Ave
Cairo, IL 62914

618-734-7000

Bond County Clerk

203 W College Ave
Greenville, IL 62246

618-664-0449

Boone County Clerk , 601 North Main St

Suite 202
Belvedere, IL 61008

815-544-3103

Brown County Clerk

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

217-773-3421

Bureau County Clerk , 700 S. Main St

P.O. Box 336
Princeton, IL 61356

815-875-2014

Calhoun County Clerk

102 County Road
Hardin, IL 62047

618-576-2351

Carroll County Clerk

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

815-244-0221

Cass County Clerk , 100 E Springfield St

Cass County Courthouse
Virginia, IL 62691

217-452-7217

Champaign County Clerk

1776 E Washington St
Urbana, IL 61801

217-384-3720

Christian County Clerk

101 S Main St
Taylorville, IL 62568

217-824-4969

Clark County Clerk , Clark County Courthouse

501 Archer Ave, # 4
Marshall, IL 62441

217-826-8311

Clay County Clerk

Clay County Bldg Rm 106
Louisville, IL 62858

618-665-3626

Clinton County Clerk , 891 Fairfax St

County Courthouse
Carlyle, IL 62231

618-594-2464

Coles County Recorder

7th & Monroe
Charleston, IL 61920

217-258-0501

Cook County Clerk

118 N Clark St, #434
Chicago, IL 60602

312-603-5656

Crawford County Clerk

1 Public Square
Robinson, IL 62454

618-546-1212

Cumberland County Clerk

P.O. Box 146
Toledo, IL 62468

217-849-2631

De Kalb County Clerk

110 East Sycamore St
Sycamore, IL 60178

815-895-7149

De Witt County Clerk

201 W Washington St
Clinton, IL 61727

217-935-2119

Douglas County Clerk

401 S Center St
Tuscola, IL 61953

217-253-2411

Du Page County Recorder , 421 North County Farm Road

P.O. Box 936
Wheaton, IL 60187

630-682-7035

Edgar County Clerk

115 W Court St, # J
Paris, IL 61944

217-465-4151

Edwards County Clerk

50 E Main St
Albion, IL 62806

618-445-2115

Effingham County Clerk

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

217-342-6535

Fayette County Clerk

221 S 7th St
Vandalia, IL 62471

618-283-5000

Ford County Recorder

200 W State St Room 101
Paxton, IL 60957

217-379-2721

Franklin County Recorder

202 W Main St
Benton, IL 62812

618-439-3403

Fulton County Clerk

100 N Main St
Lewistown, IL 61542

309-547-3041

Gallatin County Clerk

W Lincoln Blvd
Shawneetown, IL 62984

618-269-3025

Greene County Clerk

519 N Main St, # 6
Carrolton, IL 62016

217-942-5443

Grundy County Clerk

111 E Washington St
Morris, IL 60450

815-941-3222

Hamilton County Clerk

Hamilton County Courthouse
Mcleansboro, IL 62859

618-643-2721

Hancock County Clerk

P.O. Box 39
Carthage, IL 62321

217-357-3911

Hardin County Clerk

Main St
Elizabeth Town, IL 62931

618-287-2251

Henderson County Clerk

Corner 4th & Warren St
Oquawka, IL 61469

309-867-2911

Henry County Clerk

100 S Main St
Cambridge, IL 61238

309-937-2426

Iroquois County Clerk

1001 E Grant St
Watseka, IL 60970

815-432-6960

Jackson County Clerk

1001 Walnut St, # 1
Murphysboro, IL 62966

618-687-7360

Jasper County Clerk

100 W Jourdan St
Newton, IL 62448

618-783-3124

Jefferson County Clerk

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

618-244-8007

Jersey County Clerk

201 West Pearl St
Jerseyville, IL 62052

618-498-5571

Jo Daviess County Clerk

330 N Bench St, # 3
Galena, IL 61036

815-777-0161

Johnson County Clerk

400 Court Square
Vienna, IL 62995

618-658-3611

Kane County Clerk

719 S. Batavia Ave
Geneva, IL 60134

630-232-5996

Kankakee County Clerk

189 East Court St
Kankakee, IL 60901

815-937-2990

Kendall County Clerk

111 West Fox Rd
Yorkville, IL 60560

630-553-4104

Knox County Clerk

200 S Cherry St
Galesburg, IL 61401

309-345-3815

La Salle County Clerk

707 Etna Road
Ottawa, IL 61350

815-434-8202

Lake County Clerk

18 N County St Room 507
Waukegan, IL 60085

847-360-3610

Lawrence County Clerk

1100 State St
Lawrenceville, IL 62439

618-943-2346

Lee County Clerk

112 E 2nd St
Dixon, IL 61021

815-288-3309

Livingston County Clerk

112 West Madison St
Pontiac, IL 61764

815-844-2006

Logan County Clerk

601 Broadway St, # 20
Lincoln, IL 62656

217-732-4148

Macon County Clerk

141 S Main St, # 104
Decatur, IL 62523

217-424-1305

Macoupin County Clerk

157 N Main St, # 109
Carlinville, IL 62026

618-692-7030

Madison County Clerk

P.O. Box 308
Edwardsville, IL 62025

618-692-7030

Marion County Clerk , 100 E Main St, # 201

Main And Broadway
Salem, IL 62881

618-548-3400

Marshall County Clerk

122 North Prairie St
Lacon, IL 61540

309-246-6325

Mason County Recorder

125 N Plum St
Havana, IL 62644

309-543-6661

Massac County Clerk

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

618-524-5213

Mc Donough County Clerk

1 Court House
Macomb, IL 61455

309-833-2474

Mc Henry County Clerk , 2200 N Seminary Ave

County Government.Center
Woodstock, IL 60098

815-334-4242

Mc Lean County Clerk

104 West Front, Room 708
Bloomington, IL 61701

309-888-5190

Menard County Recorder

P.O. Box 465
Petersburg, IL 62675

217-632-2415

Mercer County Clerk

100 SE 3rd St
Aledo, IL 61231

309-582-7021

Monroe County Recorder

100 S Main St, # 226
Waterloo, IL 62298

618-939-8681

Montgomery County Clerk

1 Courthouse Square
Hilsboro, IL 62049

217-532-9530

Morgan County Clerk

300 W State St
Jacksonville, IL 62651

217-243-8581

Moultrie County Clerk

10 S Main St
Sullivan, IL 61951

217-728-4389

Ogle County Recorder , Ogle County Courthouse

4th And 5th St
Oregon, IL 61061

815-732-3201

Peoria County , Recorder Of Deed

300 Main St
Peoria, IL 61602

309-672-6090

Perry County Clerk

P.O. Box 438
Pickneyville, IL 62274

618-357-5116

Piatt County Recorder , P.O. Box 558

101 W Washington
Monticello, IL 61856

217-762-9487

Pike County Recorder

Pike County Court House
Pittsfield, IL 62363

217-285-6812

Pope County Recorder

P.O. Box 216
Golconda, IL 62938

618-683-4466

Pulaski County Recorder

P.O. Box 218
Mound City, IL 62963

618-748-9360

Putnam County Recorder

P.O. Box 236
Hennepin, IL 61327

815-925-7129

Randolph County Clerk

#1 Taylor St
Chester, IL 62233

618-826-2510

Richland County Recorder

Richland County Courthouse
Olney, IL 62450

618-392-3111

Rock Island County Recorder

210 15th St
Rock Island, IL 61201

309-786-4451

Saline County Clerk

10 W Poplar St
Harrisburg, IL 62946

618-253-8197

Sangamon County Clerk , P.O. Box 669

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

217-753-6700

Schuyler County Clerk

102 S Congress St
Rushville, IL 62681

217-322-4734

Scott County Clerk

101 E Market St
Winchester, IL 62694

217-742-3178

Shelby County Clerk

301 E Main St
Shelbyville, IL 62565

217-774-4421

St Clair County Clerk , P.O. Box 543

10 Public Square
Belleville, IL 62222

618-277-6600

Stark County Clerk

130 W Main St
Toulon, IL 61483

309-286-5911

Stephenson County Clerk

15 North Galena Ave
Freeport, IL 61032

815-235-8266

Tazewell County Clerk

11 S 4th St
Pekin, IL 61554

309-477-2264

Union County Clerk

311 W Market St
Jonesboro, IL 62952

618-833-5711

Vermilion County Clerk

6 North Vermilion St
Danville, IL 61832

217-431-2615

Wabash County Clerk , P.O. Box 277

401 N Market St
Mount Carmel, IL 62863

618-262-4561

Warren County Clerk

100 W Broadway
Monmouth, IL 61462

309-734-8592

Washington County Clerk

Courthouse
Nashville, IL 62263

618-327-8314

Wayne County Recorder

P.O. Box 187
Fairfield, IL 62837

618-842-5182

White County Recorder

P.O. Box 339
Carmi, IL 62821

618-382-7211

Whiteside County , Recorder

200 E Knox St
Morrison, IL 61270

815-772-5189

Will County Recorder

302 North Chicago
Joliet, IL 60431

815-740-4615

Williamson County Recorder

P.O. Box 1108
Marion, IL 62959

618-997-1301

Winnebago County Recorder , 400 West State St

Recorder Of Deeds
Rockford, IL 61101

815-987-3050

Woodford County Recorder

P.O. Box 38
Eureka, IL 61530

309-467-2822