Marriage License 101

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How to apply for a marriage license? Where to apply? Do both the bride and groom have to be present? … ALL marriage license questions have been answered by Chicago wedding planner, Big City Bride! We have conveniently listed the requirements for Chicago and suburban Cook County. Please note if you are marrying outside this location your requirements will be different. 

How to Apply:

·       Must apply together, in person, at one of the below offices

·       Bring current and valid identification (driver’s license, passport, military ID, etc)

·       Fill out and sign a marriage license application

·       Pay $60 fee (cash and most major credit and debit cards are accepted)

·       Applicants divorced within the last 6 months must present certified decree of divorce

 

Where to Apply:

 

Downtown Chicago – Daley Center – 50 W. Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602 –Call: (312) 603-7790

East Concourse (Lower) Level – 25 –Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for all services 

Wednesday 4:30pm to 7:00pm Marriage and Civil Union Licenses Only

 

North suburbs – Skokie – 5600 W. Old Orchard Road, Skokie, IL 60077 Call: (847) 470-7233

Room 149 – Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for all services

Wednesday 4:30pm to 7:00pm Marriage and Civil Union Licenses Only

 

Northwest suburbs – Rolling Meadows – 2121 Euclid Ave. Rolling Meadows, IL 60008 Call: (847) 818-2850

Room 238 –Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for all services 

Wednesday 4:30pm to 7:00pm Marriage and Civil Union Licenses Only

 

West suburbs – Maywood – 1311 Maybrook Square, Room 104, Maywood, IL 60153 Call: (708) 865-6010

Room 104 –Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for all

Wednesday 4:30pm to 7:00pm Marriage and Civil Union Licenses Only

 

South suburbs – Markham -16501 S. Kedzie, Markham, IL 60426 Call: (708) 232-4150

Room 238 – Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for all services 

Wednesday 4:30pm to 7:00pm Marriage and Civil Union Licenses Only

 

Southwest suburbs – Bridgeview– 10220 S. 76th Ave. Bridgeview, IL 60455 Call: (708) 974-6150

Room 238 – Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for all services 

Wednesday 4:30pm to 7:00pm Marriage and Civil Union Licenses Only

 

Closed on the following dates in 2015:

Jan 1, Jan 19, Jan 27, Feb 12, Feb 16, Mar 2, July 3, Sept 7, Oct 12, Nov 11, Nov 26, Dec 25

 

Marriage Licenses are:

·       Issued the same day, while you wait.

·       Effective on the following calendar day after they are issued

·       Valid for 60 days

·       Effective only in Chicago and suburban Cook County

Photo Credit: Chicago wedding photographer Maggie Russo, Riverbend Studio