Marriage Licenses

Vital Records Office Hours

Getting married before June 28, 2020?

Because public access to the County Building is currently restricted and the judges are not performing courthouse ceremonies, the Lake County Clerk is only issuing marriage licenses for ceremonies occurring on or before June 28, 2020.

Since the clerk’s office is working during limited hours and the couple must apply in-person, a license will be issued only by appointment. Weekday appointments can be arranged by calling our office at 847-377-2400. No weekend appointments are available.

Prior to the application appointment, a verification letter from the couple’s qualified officiant must be emailed to at least 4 business days prior to the ceremony date containing:

  1. Couple’s individual names and contact information (including email address)
  2. Date of ceremony
  3. Name of facility and Lake County address where ceremony is taking place
  4. Officiant’s name, contact information, and signature

Please call our office (847-377-2400) weekdays between 8:30 AM and 5 PM to confirm the clerk’s receipt of your verification letter.

Due to the statewide response to COVID-19, marriage licenses are issued by appointment only. Appointment requests must be submitted two weeks prior to the ceremony date by calling 847-377-2400, Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

Any couple wishing to have a marriage ceremony performed in Lake County, Illinois must obtain a license by appearing together in-person at the Lake County Clerk’s office, 18 N. County Street, Waukegan, Illinois.

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 relationship
    (death, dissolution, or invalidity)
  • Certified death, dissolution, or invalidity record if event was within the last six months
  • 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

Previous Legal Relationships
Both applicants must be single and free to marry.

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. Copies can also be ordered online by using the Marriage Record Request form.


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 view this news release.

  • 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)

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.