Marriage License

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In order to be married legally in Illinois you must obtain a license from the County Clerk of the county in which the ceremony will be performed. There are variations in fees and procedures among the counties; the following information applies to Jackson County only. 

  • A marriage license is valid for 60 days. Both persons must appear in the County Clerk's office in order to obtain the license.
  • The fee is $35.
  • A license must be obtained at least one day before the marriage takes place.
  • An applicant who is less than 18 years of age must have the written permission of both parents to marry.

Couples wishing to be married by a judge in the Courthouse should make arrangements well before the day with the Judges Administrative Secretary. Ceremonies are performed by appointment only. There is a $10 fee for this service, payable in advance at the Circuit Clerk's office.

More information is available by telephone: 

  • County Clerk's Office: (618) 687-7360
  • Circuit Clerk's Office: (618) 687-7300