February 21, 2014
With the historic decision to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples immediately, Cook County Clerk David Orr wants to clarify some information.
- Any couple who wants to get a marriage license can do so now.
- The downtown Bureau of Vital Records, in the lower level of the Daley Center, will be open an extra two hours tonight—until 7 p.m. We are not open on Saturdays or Sundays.
- All offices will issue marriage licenses beginning Monday.
- Any couple who has an Illinois civil union can get a marriage license and the $60 fee will be waived.
- If a couple wishes to do a retroactive marriage license to the date of their civil union, they must wait until June 1. Today’s order did not address this provision in the new law.
- Any couple who gets a marriage license must wait a day to be married. Licenses are good for 60 days.
- Couples who get a license today may be married tomorrow in Marriage Court (119 West Randolph Street, Lower Level, Chicago), which is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. – Noon. It is first come, first served. There is a $10 fee.
- Couples who live outside of Cook County may get their marriage license from us as long as their ceremony is performed in Cook County.