Marriage Licenses

Marriage License Office Hours

Monday to Friday
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Marriage License Requirements and Fee Information

Any couple wishing to have a marriage ceremony performed in Lake County, Illinois must obtain a license by submitting the completed Marriage License Application and Record Request form together in-person at the Lake County Clerk’s office, 18 N. County Street, Waukegan, Illinois along with the following.

18 years of age and older
Applicants must provide proof of age and present valid identification displaying the exact name as it will appear on the license.

16 or 17 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 Lake County Clerk’s office. Valid identification and the original birth record are required for applicants under the age of 18.

Identification Requirements
Acceptable forms of valid U.S. identification:
  • Driver’s license,
  • State identification card,
  • Passport, or
  • Military identification card
If any of the above identification is not available, then applicants must present two (2) pieces of valid identification:
  • Certified copy of a birth certificate
    (certified English translation required for foreign certificates),
  • U.S. original naturalization certificate,
  • Foreign passport,
  • U.S. resident alien card, or
  • Consulate identification card.
Affidavits or expired identification are not accepted.

Applicants must Provide:
  • Valid identification with proof of age and first, middle, and last names as they will appear on the license
  • Place of birth
  • Ending date and place of either applicants’ previous relationships
    (death, dissolution, or invalidity) and certified dissolution or invalidity record if event was within the last six months
  • Social Security Number
  • Third-party interpreter for applicants who do not speak or understand English
  • Parental information
    • First, middle, and last names
      (mother’s maiden name)
    • Current city and state of residence
    • Place of birth

If either or both applicants live in another state, a license will be issued only if it is not prohibited by the state of residency.

Medical Tests
No medical tests are required in Illinois.

Valid Dates
A license must be obtained at least one day before the ceremony and is valid for 60 days beginning the day after it is issued. If the ceremony does not take place within 60 days, the license becomes null and void.

License Fees and Copies
  $35 Marriage license 
  $10 Certified copy of record
    $4 Additional certified copies (when purchased together)

Acceptable payment methods include:

  • Check
  • Cash
  • Money order
  • Some credit/debit cards ($2.50 processing fee).

When the application process is complete, the couple will pay for and leave with their license. After the ceremony, officiants will complete and return the license to the Lake County Clerk’s office where it will be officially recorded. Certified copies will then be mailed to the couple.

Certified copies may be ordered and paid for at the time of the license application.


The Lake County Clerk’s office is not an agent and cannot provide contact information for any clergy or ministers.

Judges of the 19th Judicial Court

For information regarding ceremonies performed by Judges of the 19th Judicial Court, please visit their website.

  • Individual ceremonies are performed weekdays at the Main Courthouse and group ceremonies on weekends at the Courthouse Tower.
  • $10 cash-only fee paid to the Circuit Court Clerk.
  • You will need to bring a third-party interpreter if either applicant does not speak or understand English.
  • No appointments, witnesses, or rings are required.

Judges' Availability (Judges are not available to officiate ceremonies at this time)

   Days and times     Location  Special Instructions
 Weekday ceremonies
Monday - Friday
  2:30 PM to 4 PM
Lake County Main Courthouse,
18 N. County St.,
Begin at the Circuit Court Clerk's office located at 18 North County Street, Waukegan, lower level of the Annex Building to pay the $10 ceremony fee. The Circuit Court Clerk will then direct you and your marriage party to the courtroom for the ceremony 
 Weekend ceremonies  Saturday
9:30 AM to 11 AM
Lake County Court Tower, 
301 Washington St.,
Building entrance is near the corner of County and Washington Streets.
Arrive close to starting time and check in with the deputy at the security desk. $10 ceremony fee (cash only) is then collected.
Lake County Court Tower,
301 Washington St.,
Building entrance is near the corner of County and Washington Streets.
Arrive close to starting time and check in with the deputy at the security desk. $10 ceremony fee (cash only) is then collected.

On Sunday, the judge will leave once all court business and any known marriages are completed.

Ceremony Information Line

Check the court calendar or contact the Court Administration office by calling 847-377-3600 to confirm available hours and ceremony location.