What do we do with the license?
You must present the license to the person who will perform the civil union and who will complete the certification on the license which includes the date, place, officiant information and signature. The officiant must return the completed license to our office within 10 days of the civil union for the certificate registry. The license containing the certification is not a completed legal document until it has been recorded in the County Clerk’s office.

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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?