Marriage Records

Who Can Request a Marriage Record?

A marriage record may be requested by: 
  • those named in the record, 
  • child of person named in the record, 
  • a family member, or 
  • another individual acting as an agent or legal representative of the person named in the record. 
Exceptions to these restrictions apply to those interested in Genealogical Research.

Types of Marriage Records

  • Certified Record
    Acceptable for legal name change on driver’s license, passport, bank account, etc.
    $10 for first certified copy
      $4 for each additional copy
  • Non-certified Record
    Used in researching family history and is available only if the record is at least 75 years old
      $4 for each non-certified record marked “For Genealogical Purposes Only”
  • No Record Found Certification
    If the record is not found to be on file within our office, a Certificate of No Record Found is available for purchase.
      $1.50 for certification

Ways to Order

  • Walk-in same-day service 
    • Certified or non-certified record
    • Downtown Waukegan, Illinois (Map to our office)
    • No appointment needed
    • Valid identification is required (acceptable ID is listed on form)
    • Processing time is normally less than 30 minutes
    • Payment by cash, check, money order, or credit / debit card
      (Additional service fees apply to credit / debit card payments)
    • For faster service bring completed Marriage Record Request Form (fillable PDF), printed, and signed 
  • By mail with check or money order payment
    Record is requested by and mailed to customer through the U.S. Postal Service’s first-class mail 
    • Certified or non-certified record
    • Two business day processing, once request is received by our office
    • Record can be sent to a street address or P.O. box.
Items needed: 
    • Completed Marriage Record Request Form (fillable PDF), printed, and signed
    • Photocopy of valid identification (acceptable ID is listed on form)
    • Check or money order payable to the Lake County Clerk
    • Self-addressed envelope with sufficient first-class U.S. postage stamp affixed
    • Mail all items to:
      Lake County Clerk
      Vital Records Department
      18 N. County Street, Room 101
      Waukegan, IL 60085
  • Online with credit card payment
    VitalChek Network, Inc. is an independent company and our selected partner providing vital record ordering services when payment is made by credit card, expedited delivery is required, or order is placed by fax or email. Additional service fees will be applied.


Due to the cost and the inability to re-purpose the state-mandated security paper used to issue vital records, once an order for certificate copies is processed, our office cannot offer any refunds.