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Civil Union Licenses and Records

To obtain a license for civil union to take place in Lake County, both applicants must apply in person at the County Clerk’s office and be 18 years of age.

Identification Requirements
Both applicants must present identification and proof of age. A valid U.S. driver’s license, valid U.S. state identification card, valid U.S. passport, or valid U.S. military identification card are accepted.

If you do not have the above forms of identification, alternative identification accepted includes any two (2) pieces: a certified copy of a birth certificate (certified English translation required for foreign certificates), a valid foreign passport, U.S. naturalization papers, a valid U.S. resident alien card or an official consulate identification card. Personal affidavits are not acceptable.

Previous Marriage or Civil Union
Applicants must provide the date, county, and state in which any previous marriage or civil union ended. If the marriage or civil union ended within the last six months, a certified copy of the death record, divorce, dissolution or annulment decree bearing the original inked stamp or raised seal (a photocopy is not sufficient) is required.

If either applicant resides in another state, a license will be issued only after the applicant(s) provide an affidavit that the civil union is not prohibited by the state of residency.

Effective Date
Licenses must be obtained at least one day prior to the civil union. The civil union must take place in Lake County and occur within 60 days of the date the license is issued. After 60 days, any license not completed (no civil union performed) is invalid.

The fee to apply for a license is $35.00. Payment may be made in cash or by check/money order payable to the Lake County Clerk. Some credit and debit cards are accepted with an additional processing fee. At the time of issuance, applicants may order and prepay for certified copies of the completed license to be mailed to them once it is signed and returned by the officiant. The cost of the first certified copy is $10.00 and additional copies are $4.00 each.

Medical Examination
No medical tests are required.

Ceremonies Performed by a Judge
Once the license is issued to the applicants and the civil union is established by a qualified person, the officiant must complete the certification information and sign the license in order to certify the civil union. Judges of 19th Judicial Circuit Court are available to perform civil unions without appointments during the times listed below. Witnesses to the civil union are not required.


     Judges are available:
Monday -  Friday 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Lake County Courthouse and Administrative Complex
18 North County Street
Waukegan, Illinois

Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Babcox Justice Center
20 South County Street
Waukegan, Illinois
Sunday 9:00 a.m. ONLY Babcox Justice Center
20 South County Street
Waukegan, Illinois


For additional information about judicial services, please call the Court Administrator's Office at 847.377.3600.

For recorded information about obtaining a civil union license, call 847.377.2401. If you wish to speak with a member of the County Clerk staff, please call 847.377.2411.

To read the state statute authorizing civil unions, refer to Public Act 096-1513 on the Illinois General Assembly website.

Requesting Copies of a Civil Union Record

Civil Union Record Request Form (PDF format)

Certified copies of a completed civil union license cost $10.00 for the first copy and $4.00 for each additional copy.

Request a Record Via Fax


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