Who can enter into a civil union?
Applicants for a civil union license must be 18 years of age, both appear in person to apply for the license and provide the required valid identification. Neither applicant for a civil union may currently be a party to a marriage, civil union, or substantially similar legal relationship at the time the application for license is made.

Illinois law prohibits civil unions between close relatives. You cannot enter into a civil union with your parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, first cousin, brother, sister, child or grandchild—whether by full-blood, half-blood, or adoption.

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1. What is a civil union?
2. When did civil unions become legal in Illinois?
3. Who can enter into a civil union?
4. May applicants have been previously married or in a civil union?
5. Is a license required for a civil union to be established in Lake County?
6. Is there a cost for the license?
7. Are both applicants required to be present to apply for the civil union license?
8. What do we do with the license?
9. Do we need to have a religious ceremony in order to enter into a civil union?
10. Will an Illinois civil union be recognized in other states?
11. Are parties to same-sex marriages, civil unions or domestic partnerships in another state required to enter into a separate civil union in Illinois?
12. If parties participated in a religious ceremony, but have not entered into a legal relationship in any state, is a civil union needed?