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5 Steps to Apply for a Chicago Marriage License (Will County) | Destination Wedding Planner

Are you heading to the windy city or surrounding area to say, "I DO"? Are you unsure of how to make your upcoming nuptials official? Follow the simple 5 steps below from a Destination Wedding Planner to get your Chicago Marriage License.


1. Gather the necessary documents

All applicants must upload a valid photo ID. ONE of the following will be accepted by the Will County Clerks Office:

  • Valid driver's license issued by any US State

  • Current military identification card

  • Current US passport

  • Foreign Passport

OR TWO of the following:

  • US Permanent Resident Card

  • US Naturalization Papers

  • Certified copy of birth certificate

  • Foreign Consulate ID


2. Complete the Online Application

First, complete the application online, which can be found here.

If the link doesn't work, please visit the Will County Clerk's office Home Page, here.


3. Make an Appointment & Appear in Person

Both parties are required to appear in person (together) to complete the application. Appointments must be scheuled in advance and book at least two weeks out. They are available Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:00pm


Will County Clerk’s Office 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet IL 60432 (815) 740-4615 Appointments available Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Satellite Locations Contact a satellite location directly for information on available appointments

  • Crete Township Office: 1367 Wood St., Crete IL 60417 – (708) 672-8279

  • DuPage Township Office: 241 Canterbury Ln., Bolingbrook IL 60440 – (630) 759-1317

  • Plainfield Township Office: 22525 W. Lockport St., Plainfield IL 60544 – (815) 436-8308



4. Apply in a Timely Manner

You may apply starting at 60 days prior to your wedding date, as this is how long the license is valid for. A license becomes valid the day after you apply. We recommend applying sooner rather than later, incase there are any snafus with the initial application/ appointment.


5. Additional Requirements & FAQ

1. The marriage or civil union license fee is $28.

  • The Will County Clerk’s Office accepts cash, check, or credit/debit.

  • Satellite locations accept cash only.

2. For more information on marriage or civil union licenses email marriages@willcounty.gov or call at (815) 740-4615.



Destination Wedding Planner
Danielle Harris Photography, Lundy & Kevin Chicago Engagement


These requirements are listed on the Will County Clerk's Page. A complete list of rules for applying for how to apply for your Chicago Area, Will County Marriage License can be found here.


Are you already married, and need a certified copy of your marriage license for proof of marriage (to change your last name, file jointly, etc.)? Click here!




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