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Marriage License and Records

Marriage licenses obtained in Lake County may not be used in any other county. Both applicants must apply in person for the marriage license. A license to marry becomes effective in the county where it was issued one (1) day after the date of issuance (unless the court orders the license is effective when issued) and expires sixty (60) days after it becomes effective. Applicants who do not speak or understand English must provide their own third-party interpreter.

Both applicants must be present to obtain a license and be 18 years of age. Marriage applicants who are 16 or 17 years of age may marry in Illinois only when both parents or legal guardians complete a consent form at the time of the license application. Parental consent forms are available from the Clerk's office. Valid identification and the original birth record are required for applicants under the age of 18.

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.

Applicants must present valid identification displaying the exact name as it will appear on the license. For example, if it's desired to have the full middle name appear on the marriage license, then identification provided must display the full middle name.

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 Marriages / Civil Unions
We must know how a previous marriage or civil union ended, including the date, county and state in which it ended. If a prior marriage or civil union ended within the last six months, the County Clerk's office must see a certified copy (a photocopy is not sufficient) of the death record, dissolution or annulment decree.

If either applicant resides in another state, a license will be issued only if the marriage would not be prohibited by the state of residency.

Effective Date
Marriage licenses must be obtained at least one day prior to the marriage. The marriage 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 marriage performed), is invalid.

The fee to apply for a marriage 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 and include an additional processing fee. Certified copies of the completed Marriage License may be ordered and pre-paid at the time the license is issued. The first certified copy is $10.00 and additional copies are $4.00 each. Certificates are mailed once the completed license is returned by the officiant.

Medical Examination
No medical tests are required in Illinois.

The Clerk’s office is not an agent for any clergy or ministers and cannot provide contact information for those who perform non-sectarian services.

Judge Services
Judges for the 19th Judicial Circuit Court are available to perform marriage ceremonies at the following times (no appointment is necessary and witnesses are not required). Prior to getting married by a judge, couples must obtain their marriage license from the County Clerk's office. Click here for business hours


     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 further information on judge services, please call the Court Administrator's Office at 847.377.3999.

For recorded information about obtaining a marriage license, call 847.377.2401. For additional information, you may contact our staff at 847.377.2411.

Requesting Copies of a Marriage Record
Certified copies of a completed marriage license cost $10.00 for the first copy and $4.00 for each additional copy.

If the record is not found to be on file within this jurisdiction, a certificate of no record found is available for purchase. The cost of the certification is $1.50 payable to the Lake County Clerk’s office.

Marriage Record Request Form (PDF format)

Request a Record Via Fax

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