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Marriage or a Civil Union License

Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act - (changes effective June 1, 2014)

Illinois Civil Union Law - Frequently Asked Questions

Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act

Please note: Absolutely no information can be given over the telephone regarding Vital Records. Under Illinois State Law (410 ILCS 535-Vital Records Act) only specific individuals have legal access to birth, death, marriage or civil union certificates. The Sangamon County Clerk's Office will issue certificates to authorized individuals only. To do otherwise is a violation of Illinois Law. Vital Records are not considered public information, nor are they subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

To Obtain a Marriage or Civil Union License

  • Ceremony must be held in Sangamon County
  • Both parties need to be present. Please come to the Sangamon County Clerk's Office, Sangamon County Complex, 200 S. Ninth Street, Room 101, Springfield, IL.  You may also apply on-line by clicking on this on-line marriage application link.  Please follow the directions and also note that both of you will still need to be present at the office to pick up and pay for the license.
  • You must not be related
  • The fee is $75.  We will accept cash, check, money order or Visa, Master Card, Discover or American Express.
  • You must apply for the license at least one day in advance and no more than 60 days in advance
  • No blood test is required

The State of Illinois mandatory application process is completed in the office and you will be required to provide the following information:

  • Full name (first, middle, last)
  • Maiden name
  • Current address
  • Date of Birth
  • Age
  • State in which you were born
  • Social Security Number
  • Occupation/Job title
  • Parents Names including mother's maiden name
  • City and state in which your parents live
  • State in which your parents were born
  • Relationship, if any, to the other party
  • Certain statistical information including:
    • Race, education, number of previous marriages/civil unions, date and state and county the last marriage/civil union ended

Please note:  Notice of your application for a marriage/civil union license is public record and will be published in the State Journal-Register

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Acceptable Forms of Identification

Valid driver's license, Valid State issued I.D., Valid U.S. Passport, or Valid Military I.D. are considered acceptable forms of identification.

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Bride and Groom are Minors (16 or 17) - For a Civil Union License must both be at least 18

  • Both parents are required to be present with identification and will have to sign a consent form
  • If one parent cannot be located, then the other parent will need to sign an affidavit attesting to that fact

Acceptable Forms of Identification for a Minor
Valid driver's license and a certified birth record, Valid State issued I.D. and a certified birth record, Valid U.S. Passport and a certified birth record, Valid military ID and a certified birth record are considered acceptable forms of identification.

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Marriage or Civil Union Ceremony by a Judge

To get married or have a civil union performed by a judge, you must make an appointment by calling 753-6366. You must pay a $10 fee to the Circuit Clerk in Room 405. This fee can be paid at any time prior to the marriage or civil union. The receipt you are given must be shown to the judge.

For more information, please call (217) 753-6700, e-mail by clicking here or come to Room 101 of the Sangamon County Complex, 200 S. Ninth Street, Springfield, IL 62701

Civil Union License Conversion - (effective June 1, 2014)

How do we convert our civil union to a marriage?

Couples who wish to convert their civil unions to marriages have two options (you will need valid ID for both):

1)  From June 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015, a couple can convert their civil union into a marriage.  That marriage will be effective from the date of their original civil union.  Simply apply for a marriage license and request to use the date of your civil union as your date of marriage.  In this instance, the couple will immediately sign the license, without needing a ceremony.  There is no fee within the first year of the new law, however, if you wish to have a certified copy of the marriage, you will have to pay $25 for a certified copy and $7 for each additional copy.

2)  Apply for a marriage license and have a marriage within 60 days of application. The $75 marriage license fee will be waived, however, if you wish to have a certified copy of the marriage, you will have to pay $25 for a certified copy and $7 for each additional copy.

We had our civil union in a different county but plan to get married in Sangamon County.  Will the fee still be waived?

Yes, the fee is waived no matter where in Illinois you received your civil union licnese. You must bring your previous civil union license with you.

If we live in a different state, can we get a marriage license in Sangamon County?

If you get a marriage license in Sangamon County, the marriage ceremony must occur in Sangamon County within 60 days.  If you live outside Illinois at the time of your marriage and intend to continue living outside Illinois following your marriage, we advise that you speak with an attorney - prior to getting a marriage license - about whether your marriage will be valid.

We were already married in another state that allows same-sex marriage.  Do we need to get another license in Illinois or have a ceremony in Illinois?

No.  Out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples will now be recognized as a marriage in Illinois.

 

Marriage Licenses Issued in Sangamon County

2016

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

55

72

89

107

149

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

2015

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

Totals

50

58

89

122

138

114

112

134

129

131

58

71

1,206

 

2014

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

Totals

45

62

72

88

135

244

146

138

159

118

71

92

1,370

 

2013

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

Totals

36

56

64

115

142

127

93

127

149

109

45

62

1,125

 

2012

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

Totals

48

70

95

 111

142 

111 

94 

 125

 133

 123

 63

 88

1,203

 

2011

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

Totals

50

65

77

102

129

134

120

128

158

96

47

64

1,106

 

2010

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

Totals

60

69

97

105

115

158

138

131

141

102

68

66

1,250

 

2009

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

Totals

59

89

102

120

135

133

118

126

137

105

52

65

1,241

 

2008

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

Totals

54

74

86

121

172

142

116

128

149

121

56

67

1,286

 

2007

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

Totals

78

72

80

117

150

155

122

139

124

93

59

69

1,258

 

2006

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

Totals

71

79

93

132

153

156

122

147

128

115

72

70

1,338

 

2005

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

Totals

62

83

100

101

166

122

127

127

137

119

84

86

1,314

 

 

 

Civil Union Licenses Issued in Sangamon County

 

2016

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

Totals

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

2015

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

Totals

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

2014

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

Totals

1

0

3

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

8

 

2013

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

Totals

0

3

2

2

5

5

2

6

0

5

2

3

45

 

2012

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

Totals

5

6

4

 4

 2

 4

57

 

2011

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

Totals

 

 

 

 

 

49

20

11

8

5

6

11

110