Illinois Wedding Laws

How to Officiate a Wedding in Illinois

Illinois wedding law essentially requires three things of wedding officiants: qualification, good standing, and some light paperwork. A simple online ordination as a minister of the Universal Life Church Monastery will help you accomplish all of these requirements. Read on for more information you may need if you are planning to officiate a wedding in Illinois.

How to Become an Ordained Minister in Illinois

Judges, city and state officials, and ordained clergy are all eligible to officiate wedding ceremonies in Illinois. ULC Monastery ministers who are ordained online meet this requirement and are granted the same privileges as any traditional minister within the state. Furthermore, ministers need not reside within the state of Illinois to perform ministerial duties there.

Letters of Good Standing

There is one additional step ministers are required to take in Illinois that they are not required to take in many other states. In addition to being ordained clergy, ministers hoping to act as wedding officiants in the state of Illinois must be members in good standing with their given religious organization. This requires a Letter of Good Standing, which is a certified statement the Universal Life Church Monastery is happy to provide for our Illinois ministers.

How to Perform a Wedding Ceremony in Illinois

Illinois does not require any specific ceremony for weddings, so the minister and the couple each have a great degree of autonomy in planning the special day. Currently, only DuPage County requires that a wedding ceremony include witnesses. In DuPage County, the law requires that marriage ceremonies require two witnesses who are able to comprehend what they are witnessing.

Marriage Paperwork Required in Illinois

Illinois wedding officiants are responsible for filing a completed marriage certificate form with the County Clerk's office within 10 days of the ceremony. If the wedding has more than one officiant, all participating officiants must either agree on which one of them will take this responsibility or relinquish the responsibility to the newly-married couple.

For more detailed information, review Illinois code for yourself.

Illinois Marriage Laws

 

People who are considering getting married in Illinois must apply for an Illinois marriage license in accordance with that state's marriage laws. In order to obtain said Illinois wedding license, wedding officiants should visit the county clerk's office where the marriage is to take place. The county clerk will require both parties to present identification, which can include a valid driver's license, passport, birth certificate, resident identification card or military ID card.

Illinois wedding laws require that at least one of the individuals must be eighteen years old in order to apply for an Illinois marriage license. If one individuals involved is not eighteen, at least one parent of this person must go with the couple to apply for the marriage license. Married couples must apply for the Illinois wedding license in the county where they intend to marry. Non-residents of Illinois are prevented from obtaining a wedding license only if the marriage would be void in their home state.

The fee for an Illinois marriage license is $35. This fee may vary from county to county, so it is best to verify the fee with the local county clerk of the county where the wedding is to take place. There is a one day waiting period from the time of the issuance of the marriage license before the ceremony may be conducted. No blood tests are required for a marriage license to be issued. The county clerk will request a copy of a divorce decree or a copy of the death certificate if one of the fiancees has been previously married.

The identification and fee requirements for weddings in Chicago are similar to those found in the rest of Illinois. The same Illinois state law that governs marriages throughout the state also governs marriages in Chicago. For county-specific requirements to obtain a marriage license in Chicago, please visit the Cook County website at: www.cookctyclerk.com. Please note that a wedding license issued in Cook County is only valid there.

According to Illinois marriage law 750, active or retired judges, ordained ministers and certain public officials may perform marriages. A retired judge is not allowed to receive payment for officiating a wedding ceremony. Ministers of the Universal Life Church Monastery may officiate marriage ceremonies in Illinois as long as they are they can prove they are in good standing with the ULC Monastery. The county clerk will require valid identification from the online ordained minister and a copy of their ordination credential. The marriage certificate must be signed by the wedding officiant and filed with the Illinois Department of Public Health in Springfield, Illinois.

Gay Marriage and Same Sex Wedding Laws:

This state currently has legal same-sex marriage by State Legislature.

The Monastery Ordination Credential

To perform a marriage in Illinois you need to be ordained and may be required to provide proof of ordination such as an ordination credential, wallet credential, or a letter of good standing from the church.

Read the full Law on the official site »

Illinois Wedding Laws by County

Adams County Clerk

507 Vermont St
Quincy, Illinois
62301,
Phone: (217) 277-2150
Fmx: (217) 277-2155
E-mail: countyclerk@co.adams.il.us
Adams County Clerk website »

Alexander County Clerk

2000 Washington Avenue
Cairo, Illinois
62914,

Phone: (618) 734-7000
Alexander County Clerk website »

Bond County Clerk

203 West College Avenue
Greenville, Illinois
62246,
Phone: (618) 664-0449
Bond County Clerk website »

Boone County Clerk

601 North Main Street
202
Belvedere, Illinois
61008,

Phone: (815) 544-3103
Fmx: (815) 547-8701
E-mail: pam@boonecountyil.org
Boone County Clerk website »

Brown County Clerk

200 West Court Street
Room 4
Mount Sterling, Illinois
62353,

Phone: (217) 773-3421

Bureau County Clerk

700 South Main Street
Room 104
Princeton, Illinois
61356,
Phone: (815) 875-2014
Fax: (815) 879-4803
E-mail: bureaucountyclerk@yahoo.com
Bureau County Clerk website »

Calhoun County Clerk

102 County Road
Hardin, Illinois
62047,
Phone: (618) 576-2351

Carroll County Clerk

301 Main Street
P.O. Box 152
Mount Carroll, Illinois
61053,
 
Phone: (815) 244-0221
Fmx: (815) 244-3709
E-mail: ccclerk1@carroll-county.net
Carroll County Clerk website »

Cass County Clerk

100 East Springfield Street
Virginia, Illinois
62691,
 
Phone: (217) 452-7217

Champaign County Clerk

1776 East Washington Street
Urbana, Illinois
61801,
 
Phone: (217) 384-3720
Fmx: (217) 384-1241
E-mail: mail@champaigncountyclerk.com
Champaign County Clerk website »

Christian County Clerk

101 South Main Street
Taylorville, Illinois
62568,
Phone: (217) 824-4969

Clark County Clerk

501 Archer Ave.
Marshall, Illinois
62441,
 
Phone: (217) 826-8311
E-mail: clerk@clarkcountyil.org
Clark County Clerk website »

Clay County Clerk

Clay County Courthouse
Room 106
Louisville, Illinois
62858,

Phone: (618) 665-3626
Fax: (618) 665-3607
E-mail: claycoclk@wabash.net
Clay County Clerk website »

Clinton County Clerk

850 Fairfax Street
PO Box 308
Carlyle, Illinois
62231,
 
Phone: (618) 594-2464 ext 630
Fmx: (618) 594-0195
E-mail: ccclerk@clintonco.illinois.gov
Clinton County Clerk website »

Coles County Clerk

651 Jackson Avenue
Rm. 122
Charleston, Illinois
61920,
 
Phone: (217) 348-0501
Fax: (217) 348-7337
E-mail: countyclerk@co.coles.il.us
Coles County Clerk website »

Cook County Clerk

69 W. Washington St.
5th Floor
Room 434
Chicago, Illinois
60602,

Phone: (312) 603-5656
Cook County Clerk website »

Crawford County Clerk

100 Douglas Street
Robinson, Illinois
62454,
Phone: (618) 546-1212
alternate phone: (618) 544-2590
Fax: (618) 546-0140
Crawford County Clerk website »

Cumberland County Clerk

140 Courthouse Square
Toledo, Illinois
62468,
 
Phone: (217) 849-2631

De Witt County Clerk

201 West Washington Street
Clinton, Illinois
61727,
 
Phone: (217) 935-2119
De Witt County Clerk website »

DeKalb County Clerk

110 East Sycamore Street
Sycamore, Illinois
60178,
 
Phone: (815) 895-7149
Fax: (815) 895-7148
E-mail: sholmes@dekalbcounty.org
DeKalb County Clerk website »

Douglas County Clerk

401 South Center Street
Tuscola, Illinois
61953,
 
Phone: (217) 253-2411
Fax: (217) 253-2233
E-mail: clerk@douglascountyil.com
Douglas County Clerk website »

DuPage County Clerk

P.O. Box 1028
Wheaton, Illinois
60187,
 
Phone: (630) 407-5500
DuPage County Clerk website »

Edgar County Clerk

115 West Court Street
Room J
Paris, Illinois
61944,
 
Phone: (217) 466-7433
Fmx: (217) 466-7430
E-mail: coclk@edgarcounty-il.gov
Edgar County Clerk website »

Edwards County Clerk

50 East Main Street
Albion, Illinois
62806,
Phone: (618) 445-2115

Effingham County Clerk

101 North 4th Street
P.O. Box 628
Room 201
Effingham, Illinois
62401,

Phone: (217) 342-6535
Fax: (217) 342-3577
E-mail: countyclerk@co.effingham.il.us
Effingham County Clerk website »

Fayette County Clerk

221 South 7th Street
Vandalia, Illinois
62471,
Phone: (618) 283-5000

Ford County Clerk

200 West State Street
Room 101
Paxton, Illinois
60957,
Phone: (217) 379-2721

Franklin County Clerk

202 West Main Street
Benton, Illinois
62812,

Phone: (618) 438-3221
Franklin County Clerk website »

Fulton County Clerk

100 North Main Street
Lewistown, Illinois
61542,

Phone: (309) 547-3041
Fax: (309) 547-3326
E-mail: jnelson@fultonco.org
Fulton County Clerk website »

Gallatin County Clerk

484 North Lincoln Boulevard West
Shawneetown, Illinois
62984,

Phone: (618) 269-3025

Greene County Clerk

519 North Main Street
Room 6
Carrollton, Illinois
62016,

Phone: (217) 942-5443

Grundy County Clerk

111 East Washington Street
Morris, Illinois
60450,
 
Phone: (815) 941-3222
E-mail: lphillips@mornet.org
Grundy County Clerk website »

Hamilton County Clerk

100 South Jackson
McLeansboro, Illinois
62859,

Phone: (618) 643-2721

Hancock County Clerk

500 Main Street
Room 7
Carthage, Illinois
62321,

Phone: (217) 357-3911
Hancock County Clerk website »

Hardin County Clerk

Main Street & Market
Elizabethtown, Illinois
62931,
 
Phone: (618) 287-2251

Henderson County Clerk

Corner 4th & Warren
Suite 308
Oquawka, Illinois
61469,
 
Phone: (309) 867-2911

Henry County Clerk

307 West Center Street
Cambridge, Illinois
61238,
 
Phone: (309) 937-3575
Fmx: (309) 937-2796
E-mail: blink@henrycty.com
Henry County Clerk website »

Iroquois County Clerk

1001 East Grant Street
Watseka, Illinois
60970,
Phone: (815) 432-6960
Fmx: (815) 432-3894

Jackson County Clerk

1001 Walnut Street
Room 1
Murphysboro, Illinois
62966,

Phone: (618) 687-7300
alternate phone: (618) 687-7360
Jackson County Clerk website »

Jasper County Clerk

100 West Jourdan Street
Newton, Illinois
62448,
 
Phone: (618) 783-3124
Jasper County Clerk website »

Jefferson County Clerk

100 South 10th Street
Room 105
Mount Vernon, Illinois
62864,

Phone: (618) 244-8020
Jefferson County Clerk website »

Jersey County Clerk

200 N. Lafayette
Jerseyville, Illinois
62052,
 
Phone: (618) 498-5571 ext. 112
E-mail: countyclerk@jerseycounty-il.us
Jersey County Clerk website »

Jo Daviess County Clerk

Jo Daviess County Courthouse
Room 108
Galena, Illinois
61036,
 
Phone: (815) 777-0161
Fax: (815) 777-3688
E-mail: countyclerk@jodaviess.org
Jo Daviess County Clerk website »

Johnson County Clerk

400 Court Square
Vienna, Illinois
62995,
 
Phone: (618) 658-3611

Kane County Clerk

719 South Batavia Avenue
Geneva, Illinois
60134,

Phone: (630) 232-5950
E-mail: CountyClerk@co.kane.il.us
Kane County Clerk website »

Kankakee County Clerk

189 East Court Street
Kankakee, Illinois
60901,
Phone: (815) 937-2990
Fmx: (815) 939-8831
E-mail: countyclerk@k3county.net
Kankakee County Clerk website »

Kendall County Clerk

111 West Fox Road
Yorkville, Illinois
60560,
Phone: (630) 553-4104
Fax: (630) 553-4119
Kendall County Clerk website »

Knox County Clerk

200 South Cherry Street
Galesburg, Illinois
61401,
 
Phone: (309) 345-3815
Fax: (309) 345-3801
E-mail: info@knoxclerk.org
Knox County Clerk website »

Lake County Clerk

18 North County Street
Room 101
Waukegan, Illinois
60085,
 
Phone: (847) 377-2400
Fax: (847) 984-5822
E-mail: CountyClerk@lakecountyil.gov
Lake County Clerk website »

LaSalle County Clerk

707 East Etna Road
Ottawa, Illinois
61350,

Phone: (815) 434-8202
E-mail: countyclerk@lasallecounty.org
LaSalle County Clerk website »

Lawrence County Clerk

1100 State Street
Lawrenceville, Illinois
62439,
Phone: (618) 943-2346
alternate phone: (618) 943-3786
Lawrence County Clerk website »

Lee County Clerk

112 East 2nd Street
P.O. Box 329
Dixon, Illinois
61021,
Phone: (815) 288-3309
Fax: 815-288-6492
Lee County Clerk website »

Livingston County Clerk

112 West Madison Street
Pontiac, Illinois
61764,

Phone: (815) 844-2006 ext. 128
Fax: (815) 842-1844
Livingston County Clerk website »

Logan County Clerk

601 Broadway Street
Room 20
Lincoln, Illinois
62656,
Phone: (217) 732-4148
Logan County Clerk website »

Macon County Clerk

141 South Main Street
Room 104
Decatur, Illinois
62523,
 
Phone: (217) 424-1305
E-mail: sbean@co.macon.il.us
Macon County Clerk website »

Macoupin County Clerk

157 North Main Street
Room 109
Carlinville, Illinois
62026,
Phone: (217) 854-3214
E-mail: michele.zippay@macoupincountyil.gov
Macoupin County Clerk website »

Madison County Clerk

157 North Main Street
P.O. Box 218
Edwardsville, Illinois
62025,
Phone: (618) 692-6290
Fmx: (618) 692-8903
Madison County Clerk website »

Marion County Clerk

100 East Main Street
Room 201
Salem, Illinois
62881,

Phone: (618) 548-3400

Marshall County Clerk

122 North Prairie Street
Lacon, Illinois
61540,

Phone: (309) 246-6325

Mason County Clerk

125 North Plum Street
Havana, Illinois
62644,
Phone: (309) 543-6661
E-mail: cclerk@grics.net
Mason County Clerk website »

Massac County Clerk

1 Superman Square
Room 2A
Metropolis, Illinois
62960,
Phone: (618) 524-5213

McDonough County Clerk

1 Court House
Macomb, Illinois
61455,
Phone: (309) 833-2474

McHenry County Clerk

2200 North Seminary Avenue
Woodstock, Illinois
60098,

Phone: (815) 334-4242

McLean County Clerk

115 E Washington Street
Room 102
Bloomington, Illinois
61702,

Phone: (309) 888-5190
Fmx: (309) 888-5932
E-mail: countyclerk@mcleancountyil.gov
McLean County Clerk website »

Menard County Clerk

102 South 7th Street
Petersburg, Illinois
62675,

Phone: (217) 632-2415

Mercer County Clerk

100 SE 3rd Street
Room 226
Aledo, Illinois
61231,
 
Phone: (309) 582-7021

Monroe County Clerk

100 South Main Street
Waterloo, Illinois
62298,
Phone: (618) 939-8681 ext. 302
Fmx: (618) 939-8639
E-mail: moclerk@htc.net
Monroe County Clerk website »

Montgomery County Clerk

1 Courthouse Square
Hillsboro, Illinois
62049,

Phone: (217) 532-9530
Fmx: (217) 532-9581
E-mail: sandyleitheiser@hotmail.com
Montgomery County Clerk website »

Morgan County Clerk

300 West State Street
Jacksonville, Illinois
62651,
 
Phone: (217) 243-8581
Fmx: (217) 243-8368

Moultrie County Clerk

10 South Main Street
Sullivan, Illinois
61951,

Phone: (217) 728-4389

Ogle County Clerk

105 S. 5th St
Suite 104
Oregon, Illinois
61061,

Phone: (815) 732-1110
Fmx: (815) 732-3477
E-mail: countyclerk@oglecounty.org
Ogle County Clerk website »

Peoria County Clerk

300 Main Street
Peoria, Illinois
61602,
Phone: (309) 672-6059
Fax: (309) 672-6063
Peoria County Clerk website »

Perry County Clerk

3764 State Route
Pinckneyville, Illinois
62274,
Phone: (618) 357-5116
Fax: (618) 357-3194
E-mail: kkern@onecliq.net
Perry County Clerk website »

Piatt County Clerk

101 West Washington
Monticello, Illinois
61856,
 
Phone: (217) 762-9487
Fmx: (217) 762-7563
E-mail: countyclerk@piattcounty.org
Piatt County Clerk website »

Pike County Clerk

100 East Washington
Pittsfield, Illinois
62363,
 
Phone: (217) 285-6812

Pope County Clerk

400 Main Street
Golconda, Illinois
62938,
 
Phone: (618) 683-4466
Pope County Clerk website »

Pulaski County Clerk

500 Illinois Avenue
P.O. Box 218
Mound City, Illinois
62963,
 
Phone: (618) 748-9360
E-mail: jsauerbrunn@yahoo.com
Pulaski County Clerk website »

Putnam County Clerk

120 North 4th Street
Hennepin, Illinois
61327,

Phone: (815) 925-7129

Randolph County Clerk

1 Taylor Street
Chester, Illinois
62233,
Phone: (618) 826-5000 ext 191
Fmx: (618) 826-3750
E-mail: countyclerk@randolphco.org
Randolph County Clerk website »

Richland County Clerk

103 West Main
Olney, Illinois
62450,
 
Phone: (618) 392-3111

Rock Island County Clerk

210 15th Street
Rock Island, Illinois
61201,

Phone: (309) 786-4451
Fmx: (309) 786-7381
E-mail: coclerk@ricountyclerk.org
Rock Island County Clerk website »

Saline County Clerk

10 West Poplar Street
Harrisburg, Illinois
62946,

Phone: (618) 253-8197

Sangamon County Clerk

200 South 9th Street
Room 101A
Springfield, Illinois
62705,

Phone: (217) 753-6700
Fmx: (217) 535-3233
E-mail: VitalRecords@co.sangamon.il.us
Sangamon County Clerk website »

Schuyler County Clerk

102 South Congress Street
Rushville, Illinois
62681,

Phone: (217) 322-4734
Fmx: (217) 322-6164
E-mail: clerk85@frontiernet.net
Schuyler County Clerk website »

Scott County Clerk

101 East Market Street
Winchester, Illinois
62694,

Phone: (217) 742-3178

Shelby County Clerk

301 East Main Street
Shelbyville, Illinois
62565,

Phone: (217) 774-4421

St. Clair County Clerk

10 Public Square
Belleville, Illinois
62220,
Phone: (618) 277-6600
E-mail: countyclerk@co.st-clair.il.us
St. Clair County Clerk website »

Stark County Clerk

130 West Main Street
Toulon, Illinois
61483,

Phone: (309) 286-5911
E-mail: starkcoclerk@starkco.illinois.gov
Stark County Clerk website »

Stephenson County Clerk

15 North Galena Avenue
Freeport, Illinois
61032,

Phone: (815) 235-8289
E-mail: votte@co.stephenson.il.us
Stephenson County Clerk website »

Tazewell County Clerk

11 South 4th Street
Pekin, Illinois
61554,

Phone: (309) 477-2264
Fax: (309) 477-2244
Tazewell County Clerk website »

Union County Clerk

311 West Market Street
Jonesboro, Illinois
62952,

Phone: (618) 833-5711

Vermilion County Clerk

6 North Vermilion Street
Danville, Illinois
61832,

Phone: (217) 431-2607
Fax: (217) 554-1914
E-mail: coclerk@vercounty.org
Vermilion County Clerk website »

Wabash County Clerk

401 North Market Street
Mount Carmel, Illinois
62863,
Phone: (618) 262-4561

Warren County Clerk

100 West Broadway
Monmouth, Illinois
61462,
 
Phone: (309) 734-8592
E-mail: warrencountyclerk@yahoo.com
Warren County Clerk website »

Washington County Clerk

101 East Saint Louis Street
Nashville, Illinois
62263,
Phone: (618) 327-4800 ext. 300

Wayne County Clerk

301 East Main
Fairfield, Illinois
62837,
Phone: (618) 842-5182

White County Clerk

301 East Main
Carmi, Illinois
62821,
 
Phone: (618) 382-7211
Fax: (618) 382-2322
White County Clerk website »

Whiteside County Clerk

200 East Knox Street
Morrison, Illinois
61270,
 
Phone: (815) 772-5189
Fmx: (815) 772-7673
E-mail: countyclerk@whiteside.org
Whiteside County Clerk website »

Will County Clerk

302 North Chicago
Joliet, Illinois
60431,
 
Phone: (815) 740-4626
Fmx: (815) 740-4699
Will County Clerk website »

Williamson County Clerk

200 West Jefferson
Marion, Illinois
62959,
Phone: (618) 997-1301 ext. 100
Williamson County Clerk website »

Winnebago County Clerk

400 West State Street
Rockford, Illinois
61101,
Phone: (815) 987-3050
Fax: (815) 969-0259
Winnebago County Clerk website »

Woodford County Clerk

115 Main Street
2nd Floor
Eureka, Illinois
61530,
Phone: (309) 467-2822
Fax: (309) 467-7391
Woodford County Clerk website »