Civil Union Licenses

Vital Records Office Hours

Due to the statewide response to COVID-19, Lake County civil union licenses are only issued:

  • for Lake County ceremonies occurring in the next three weeks
  • for couples who begin the process no later than 5 business days prior to the ceremony date
  • by weekday appointment (no weekend appointments)
We regret that we cannot currently offer walk-in customer service for issuing civil union licenses. 

Before any appointment can be made, you must email all required documentation to our office. Please call us no later than five business days prior to your ceremony to confirm our receipt of your email and completed documents. After we verify your documentation and your license is complete, we will contact you to make your appointment.

You must obtain your license at least one day before your ceremony, and the license is valid for 60 days beginning the day after it is issued. 
 
Staff is available weekdays 8:30 AM to 5 PM for details and more information.

Ceremony performed by your own qualified officiant?

Read Section 209 for Illinois officiant qualifications.
  

Required documentation:


  • Ceremony Verification Letter from your qualified officiant containing:
    • Each applicant's name, address, phone, and email
    • Place and date of ceremony
    • Officiant's name, title, contact information, and a pen-inscribed signature
  • Completed Civil Union License Application and Record Request form
    (Interactive PDF that can be completed online and printed. Must be signed then scanned as legible PDF format)
  • Each applicant's valid, government issued identification with names as they will appear on the license
    (Legible scan in PDF format)
  • If applicable, a certified copy of dissolution or invalidity record if event was within the last six months
In a single email, send all of your completed forms and documentation in legible PDF format to Marriage@lakecountyil.gov.

Ceremony performed virtually by Lake County Judge?


Lake County Judges of the 19th Judicial Court are only performing virtual marriages for couples where at least one participant is
  • a Lake County resident, or
  • an active-duty member of the military.

For information regarding ceremonies performed by the judges, please view this news release or call 847-377-3696.

Required documentation:


  • Completed Civil Union License Application and Record Request form
    (Interactive PDF that can be completed online and printed. Must be signed then scanned as legible PDF format)
  • Each applicant's valid, government issued identification with names as they will appear on the license (Legible scan in PDF format)
  • Current proof (dated in the last 30 days) that at least one of the applicants is a Lake County resident or an active duty military member
  • If applicable, a certified copy of dissolution or invalidity record if event was within the last six months
In a single email, send all of your completed forms and  documentation in legible PDF format to Marriage@lakecountyil.gov.

Civil Union License Requirements and Fee Information


Any couple wishing to have a civil union 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.

Age
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.

Illinois state law prohibits civil unions for anyone 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
  • Social Security Number
  • 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 enter a civil union.

Non-Residents
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 included:

  • Check,
  • Cash,
  • Money order, and
  • 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 Civil Union Record Request form.

Ceremonies


Clergy
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

   Days and times     Location  Special Instructions
 Weekday ceremonies
Monday - Friday
  2:30 PM to 4 PM
Lake County Main Courthouse,
18 N. County St.,
Waukegan
Begin at the Circuit Court Clerk's office located at 18 North County Street, Waukegan, lower level of the Annex Building to pay the $10 ceremony fee. The Circuit Court Clerk will then direct you and your marriage party to the courtroom for the ceremony 
 Weekend ceremonies  Saturday
9:30 AM to 11 AM
Lake County Court Tower, 
301 Washington St.,
Waukegan
 
Building entrance is near the corner of County and Washington Streets.
Arrive close to starting time and check in with the deputy at the security desk. $10 ceremony fee (cash only) is then collected.
   Sunday
9 AM ONLY
Lake County Court Tower,
301 Washington St.,
Waukegan
 
Building entrance is near the corner of County and Washington Streets.
Arrive close to starting time and check in with the deputy at the security desk. $10 ceremony fee (cash only) is then collected.

On Sunday, the judge will leave once all court business and any known marriages are completed.

   
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.  


Helpful Links


To read the state statute authorizing civil unions, refer to Public Act 096-1513 on the Illinois General Assembly website. 

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