How to Get Married in Illinois

Illinois Marriage License Information

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If you've just set a date for your wedding, this can be an exciting time for the two of you! Don't let the marriage license laws of Illinois put a dent in your wedding plans.

Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for an 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!

Requirements may vary as each county in Illinois could have their own requirements.

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.

If you do not have any of these, two of the following will be accepted: certified copy of your birth certificate, baptismal record with birth date, foreign passport, naturalization papers, US resident alien card, life insurance policy in effect for one year with your birth date, all consulate id cards. Affidavits not accepted.

Residency Requirement:

You do not have to be a resident of Illinois.

Waiting Period in Illinois:

Illinois has a twenty-four (24) hour waiting period to get married.

Previous Marriages:

You must provide a certified copy of your divorce if you have been divorced within the last six months.

Fees in Illinois:

Getting married in Illinois will cost you approximately $30. Cash only.

Other Tests:


Proxy Marriages:


Yes, first cousins may marry if they are older than the age of 50.


Yes, same-sex couples can get married in Illinois as of June 1, 2014.  Since June 2011, same-sex couples have spousal rights through civil unions. The spousal rights include "such things as hospital visitation, making health-care decisions, and matters concerning probate of a partner's estate."

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.


Ordained ministers, judges, retired judges, and public officials whose powers include solemnization of marriages.


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
Fax: 217-523-2648

Still Confused About Getting Married in Illinois?

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Please note that we make every effort to offer you common-sense marriage advice and helpful information about marriage on this website, but we are not attorneys and the articles on the site are not to be construed as legal advice.

The information in this article was accurate when it was published. It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

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