Civil Union Licenses

Vital Records Office Hours

Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

8:30 AM to 6:30 PM

See calendar to the right for exceptions to these hours.

Application for Civil Union License

Civil union licenses obtained in Lake County may not be used in any other county. Both applicants must apply in person in the Lake County Clerk's office for the civil union license. A license becomes effective in the county where it was issued one (1) day after the date of issuance (unless the court orders the license is effective when issued) and expires sixty (60) days after it becomes effective. Applicants who do not speak or understand English must provide their own third-party interpreter. The civil union application process takes approximately 20-25 minutes to complete.

To obtain a license for civil union to take place in Lake County, both applicants must apply in person at the Lake County Clerk’s office and be 18 years of age.

Identification Requirements
Both applicants must present identification and proof of age. A valid U.S. driver’s license, valid U.S. state identification card, valid U.S. passport, or valid U.S. military identification card are accepted.

Applicants must present valid identification displaying the exact name as it will appear on the license. For example, if it's desired to have the full middle name appear on the license, then identification provided must display the full middle name.
If you do not have the above forms of identification, alternative identification accepted includes any two (2) pieces: a certified copy of a birth certificate (certified English translation required for foreign certificates), a valid foreign passport, U.S. naturalization papers, a valid U.S. resident alien card or an official consulate identification card. Personal affidavits are not acceptable.

Previous Marriage or Civil Union
Applicants must provide the date, county, and state in which any previous marriage or civil union ended. If the marriage or civil union ended within the last six months, a certified copy of the death record, divorce, dissolution or annulment decree bearing the original inked stamp or raised seal (a photocopy is not sufficient) is required.

Social Security Number (if applicable)
If a Social Security number has been issued to you, you will be asked to provide the number on your civil union application.

Effective Date
Licenses must be obtained at least one day prior to the civil union. The civil union must take place in Lake County and occur within 60 days of the date the license is issued. After 60 days, any license not completed (no civil union performed) is invalid.

$35 for civil union license application
$10 for first certified copy
  $4 for each additional certified copy

Payment may be made in cash or by check/money order payable to the Lake County Clerk. Credit and debit cards are accepted with an additional processing fee. At the time of issuance, applicants may order and prepay for certified copies of the completed license to be mailed to them once it is signed and returned by the officiant.

Medical Examination
No medical tests are required.

Ceremony Performed by a Judge

Judges for the 19th Judicial Circuit Court are available to perform ceremonies after regular court business is completed. No appointments are needed. Check the court calendar or contact the Court Administration office by calling 847-377-3600 for availability if you are planning a ceremony near a holiday.

Requirements for the ceremony
  • Valid marriage license issued by the Lake County Clerk at least one day prior
  • $10 ceremony fee (cash only)
  • Identification documents presented to the Lake County Clerk's office at time of license application
  • Third-party interpreter if either person does not speak or understand English.  
Optional items for the ceremony
  • Witnesses
  • Rings
  • Small group of family or friends
   Days and times     Location  Special Instructions
 Weekday ceremonies
Monday - Friday
2:30 PM to 4 PM
Lake County Courthouse and Administrative Complex
18 North County Street
Waukegan, Illinois
Begin at the Clerk of the Circuit Court located at 18 North County Street, Waukegan, lower level of the Annex Building to pay the $10 ceremony fee. The Clerk of the Circuit Court will then direct you and your party to the courtroom for the ceremony 
 Weekend ceremonies  Saturday
9:30 AM to 11 AM
Lake County Court Tower,
301 Washington Street,
Waukegan, Illinois

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.
Lake County Court Tower,
301 Washington Street,
Waukegan, Illinois

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

The court sponsors a Ceremony Information Line (847-377-3999) to assist in answering questions concerning marriage by a judge. Selections are recorded in both English and Spanish.

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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