Applying for a
If you are to be married in Bureau County, you must apply for a
marriage license in the Bureau 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.
Both partners in the marriage need to appear in person at the County Clerk's
office. We will need to see proof of age either a driver's license for those 18
years and older or a birth certificate for those under 18 years of age or for
those born outside of the United States. If you are 16 or 17 years of age, both
parents must sign a consent form before applying for the marriage license.
The fee for a marriage license is $35.00 which includes a
certified copy of the license being issued when it is filed with us
after the marriage date.
The officiant to a marriage does not need to be registered here in
the State of Illinois or with the County. The only requirement to
officiate at a marriage is that both partners in the marriage
believe the officiant has the authority to preside over the
You may get married at the Courthouse in front of a Circuit Judge. You will
need to set up an appointment with the Judge. The Circuit Court phone
number to set up an appointment to be married is 815-879-3091 or
Clerk and Recorder