Marriage & Civil Union Licenses

The license purchased in Lee County should be used only in Lee County.

Apply Online

When to Apply

You need to click on the Apply Online above and fill out the questions and then you need to contact our office for an appointment to come in and finish the process. The application must be made at least 24 hours before the marriage is to take place.  The license is good for 60 days after the effective date.

Persons Who May Not Marry

Blood relatives, including first cousins, unless they are 50 years of age or older (SB876) may not marry under the laws of the State of Illinois (IRS Chapter 40, Paragraph 212).


The fee for a Marriage License is $35,  We do not accept DEBIT OR CREDIT CARDS.

Qualifications for Residents of the State of Illinois

In order to be married in Illinois without parental consent, you must be at least 18 years of age. If you are 16 or 17 years of age, both parents must sign a parental consent form in the County Clerk’s Office at the time you apply for the license. If it is not possible for your parents to sign in the office it may be done before the County Clerk in your parent’s county.

If one parent cannot be located in any way, an affidavit may be signed waiving consent and presented. Identification required for all minors. You must bring your birth certificate when you apply for a marriage license.

Qualifications for Non-Residents

Non-residents can not obtain a marriage license if the said marriage would be prohibited by the laws of the jurisdiction where they reside.

Marriage by a Judge

If you wish to be married by a Judge, you may make your own arrangement prior to the ceremony by calling during office hours:

  • Bonnie Rodriguez               Phone: 815-284-5258

The fee of $10 is collected by the Clerk of the Circuit Court of each county for each marriage performed by a Judge. No additional fee or gratuity will be solicited or accepted.

Return of a Marriage License

The license must be returned to the County Clerk’s Office by the officiant of the ceremony within 10 days after the date of the marriage.

Obtaining a Certified Copy

A certified copy of your marriage license may be obtained from the County Clerk’s office. Include the bride and groom’s names, including the bride’s maiden name, the date of the marriage, the number of copies needed and the fee of $20 for the first copy and $3 for each additional copy.

Mailing Address

Address your request to:
Lee County Clerk
P.O. Box 329
Dixon, IL 61021

Online Ordering

You can also obtain a certified copy of a marriage license online here.

  1. Civil Union License