Marriage Licenses

Obtaining a Marriage License

We have a brochure containing all the information you need to obtain your marriage license.

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Where to apply:

Office of Debbie Ming-Mendoza, Madison County Clerk, Administration Building, 157 North Main, Suite 109, Edwardsville, IL, 62025

Marriage Licenses are issued between 8:30 A.M. and 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday except for holidays.

When to apply:

Couples must appear at the Office of the County Clerk. The license must be obtained at least 1 day prior to being used. The license is void 60 days after the effective date. The license must be used in Madison County.

FEE: The fee for a marriage license is $30.00, CASH, checks are not accepted.

QUALIFICATIONS:

AGE: 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 and they must have a valid Driver's License or State ID for identification at the time you apply for your license.  If it is not possible for your parents to sign in this office, signature can be witnessed by the County Clerk in your parent's County.  If a parent is deceased, a death certificate, proof of guardianship, or court order waiving consent must be presented.

PROOF OF AGE:  It is necessary to show proof of age when you apply for a marriage license.  A valid Driver's License or State ID is acceptable.  If you are under the age of 18, a certified copy of their birth record is necessary.

NON-RESIDENTS: Non-residents cannot obtain a marriage license if said marriage would be void in their state.

RETURN OF LICENSE: The Officiant to the ceremony must return the license to the County Clerk's Office within 10 days after the date of the marriage.  An envelope is provided for this.

USE OF MARRIAGE LICENSE:  Your marriage license must be obtained in the County where the marriage will take place. They are not transferable to any other county or state.  If you are not sure as to what county the particular city of marriage is located, contact this office for assistance.

MARRIAGE BY A JUDGE: If you wish to be married by a judge, arrangements must be made with the Chief Judge's Office by calling 296-4580. Marriages are performed at the courthouse on Friday. After paying the required $10.00 judges' fee in the Circuit Clerk's Office, Room 118 in the courthouse, you will be directed to the court room where ceremonies are performed.

OBTAINING A CERTIFIED COPY: You can get a certified copy of your marriage license issued in Madison County from the County Clerk's Office.  Include both parties' names, previous name(s) if needed, date of marriage and the fee of $10.00.  Additional copies of the same license may be obtained for $2.00 each.  Address your request to:

Debbie Ming-Mendoza
Madison County Clerk
PO Box 218
Edwardsville IL  62025
(618) 692-6290

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PUBLISHING NAMES IN NEWSPAPERS:  The names of couples who apply for marriage licenses are published in area newspapers.  The list is sent weekly to the papers, and the names are published at the paper's discretion.  If you do not want your name to appear in the paper, please indicate on the form.



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