You can print the attached Marriage worksheet (click here) or Civil Union worksheet (click here) and bring with you along with your IDs and birth certificates to speed up the process.   We encourage you call for an appointment since we are only allowed two people at a time in each department to comply with social distancing.

A license issued in Jefferson County is only valid in Jefferson County, Illinois. 

Both applicants must appear in person at least 30 minutes before closing (3:30 p.m. )to fill out paperwork and for us to enter into computer, unless you have the online form completed and printed out then by 3:45 p.m.  

Fee: $75.00* (plus $10 Judge Fee, if performed by Judge - By appointment only.)

Age: 18 and older with copy of official birth record showing parents (not hospital certificate) and government issued photo ID for both parties.  

Also, 16 and 17 year olds with both parents consent in front of County Clerk or notary, with copy of official birth record (not hospital certificate) and government issued photo ID for all parties

License valid for 60 days after effective date.  Illinois does not require blood tests.

Waiting period: 1 day unless Judge waives the waiting period (marriages only, not civil unions).  

*NOTE:  Judges will marry only by appointment due to COVID-19 with social distancing - let us know when you want and we will text them to see if available.  

Same Sex Marriage was signed into law by Governor Quinn on November 30, 2013, and took effect on June 1, 2014.  To view the memo issued by the State regarding coversion from a Civil Union click here.


 *Beginning June 1, 2015, per County Ordinance 2015-02 and "cost of service" study performed by Bellwether, LLC.

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