Marriage License

Marriage License

Access the online marriage license application at the Jackson County Fidlar Website.

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.

The fee for a marriage license or civil union is $50.

Your ceremony must be held in Jackson County to apply for a marriage license.

Both partners in the marriage need to appear in person at the County Clerk's office. You must apply for the license at least one day ahead of your marriage date. The license is valid for 60 days in Jackson County.

If you are 16 or 17 years of age, both parents must sign a consent form before applying for the marriage license.

If a previous marriage/civil union ended in death, you will need to know the date of death, county, and state in which the death occurred. If a previous marriage/civil union ended in divorce, dissolution, or annulment you will need to know the divorce month and year, county, and state of the divorce.

A photo ID, such as a driver's license or state ID, is required for both parties.

You must arrive at the County Clerk's Office no later than 3:30 pm to receive your marriage license.

When you arrive at the county clerk's office to receive your marriage license, you will be asked for your social security number. Please make sure you have that information with you.

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
    Phone: 618-687-7360
  • Circuit Clerk's Office
    Phone: 618-687-7300