Midwest License Information

Application Requirement:
To apply for a marriage license in Illinois, both you and your future spouse must must appear in person at the time of applying.
Residency Requirement:
Non-residents cannot obtain a marriage license if said marriage would be void in their state.
Waiting Period: 1 day.
If Divorced: If either applicant is divorced, they must provide final divorce papers signed by the judge.
Name Change:
Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed. If you need to change your last name, you can use an online marriage name change kit.
It will cost you $30.00+ to get married in Illinois. Some Illinois counties charge $60.00+. The cost of receiving a marriage license varies from county to county and some Illinois counties will only accept cash. Please call ahead to verify whether or not you need cash.
Same Sex Marriages:
Yes, same-sex couples can get married in Illinois as of June 1, 2014.
ID Requirement
Any of the following documents will be accepted:
•  Valid U.S. Driver's License
•  Valid U.S. state identification card
•  Valid U.S. passport, Valid U.S. military identification card,
•  Valid Illinois Department of Public Aid card  (the I.D. and the medical card).
If you do not have any of the above forms of identification,
then you MUST present TWO (2) of the following pieces of identification:
•  A certified copy of a birth certificate.
•  A valid U.S. resident alien card.
•  U.S. naturalization papers.
•  A valid foreign passport.
•  All consulate identification cards. Affidavits are not acceptable.
•  A baptismal record (the date of birth of the applicant must appear on this record).
•  A life insurance policy, which has been in effect for one (1) year (the applicant's date of birth must appear on the document).
•  A certified copy of their birth certificate.
•  A second piece of identification showing date of birth.
•  At least one parent of any applicant under the age of 18 must be present.

First cousins older than the age of 50 may marry.
Valid: License is valid for 60 days from the date it was issued.
A license issued in Cook County CANNOT be used in any other county or state.

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
Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.
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