Marriage Licenses and Civil Unions

  • No license will be issued after 4:00 PM. Processing a license may take up to 30 minutes. Please plan accordingly.
  • To obtain a marriage or civil union license both parties must be present.
  • State issued ID or Driver's License is required.
  • There is a one-day wait period-the license to marry becomes effective one-day after issuance and expires sixty (60) days after it becomes effective.
  • Information required will include family history such as where parents reside and in what state they were born.
  • Fee is $60.00, payable by cash or check.
  • All applicants under the age of 18 will need consent of both parents, legal guardians, or judicial approval. Applicants must present a certified copy of their birth certificate showing parents' names (long form). The parents or guardians must also be present and show identification.
  • Persons desiring a judge to perform a ceremony should contact the Judge's office at 217-348-0541.
  • Certified copies are available for purchase after license has been returned to our office. Fees are applicable each time requested, as follows: One (1) copy $18.00. Additional copies $5.00 each.
  • If requesting a certified copy by mail, please include the following: photocopy of state issued ID or Driver's License, appropriate fee, names of bride/groom/spouse, date of ceremony, and a stamped self-addressed envelope.

Complete the ONLINE application for a marriage license HERE.