Marriages / Civil Unions

Getting married/united in McLean County?

Is your ceremony taking place in McLean County?  Enter the address of the venue on the county search site to determine where to get your marriage license.  

Our building is currently closed to the public due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  Due to reduced staffing in our office, we ask that you call us no earlier than 10 days before the ceremony date to obtain your license. We will schedule an appointment for you on Thursday of that week. Both parties must be present to show ID and sign paperwork at the appointment. The license itself will be available for pick-up the next day, by one of the parties showing ID. Prior to the appointment you will need to fill out and submit the State marriage license application by e-mail. Details will be provided by e-mail when you call to make the appointment.  

Please note that marriage licenses are valid/effective from the day after they are issued and expire 60 days from the effective date. Therefore, if you do not need a marriage license right away, please wait. We do not issue refunds on marriage licenses if they expire. However, if you were issued a marriage license prior to our building closure on March 23 and you were unable to use the license before it expired, due to COVID-19, we will offer a discounted fee of $5 for it to be reissued.

This policy may be updated at any time, so continue to check our websites for any new information. As we are operating with very limited staff, we ask that you look for answers on our website or Facebook.

Regarding Ceremonies at the Courthouse:  

Call the Judges’ Chambers at (309) 888-5290 to schedule an appointment for a marriage or civil union ceremony.  Circuit Court website for Marriages/Civil Unions

Instructions for obtaining a marriage or civil union license for ceremonies to be celebrated in McLean County.

View the Marriage Brochure (PDF) - what you need to know for your marriage/civil union license appointment.

Información en español (PDF) - todo lo que necesita saber para obtener su licencia de matrimonio/unión civil.

View announcements of marriage/civil union licenses obtained in McLean County during the last 60 days.

After the marriage/civil union

Get a certified copy of a license for a marriage/civil union that occurred in McLean County. Certified copies are required to legally change your name with the DMV and Social Security due to a marriage or civil union, for insurance, and other reasons.