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4 Things You Need to Know About Marriage Licenses and Certificates

Many couples are so focused on their actual wedding that they forget about some of the most important details that lead up to the actual ceremony. For example, obtaining a marriage license or certificate. A marriage license is an actual application and you'll get it before your wedding. It must be signed by your wedding officiant after the wedding ceremony. A marriage certificate is obtained once the marriage license has been signed and turned back into the county clerk's office. The marriage certificate is a certified document and proof that the couple is legally married. The actual ceremony and reception make up the actual wedding, no doubt. If you want your marriage to be legal, you would need to obtain a marriage certificate. We want to share with you 4 Things You Need to Know About Marriage Licenses and Certificates.

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1. Where to Obtain Your Marriage License


First, on our list of 4 Things You Need to Know About Marriage Licenses and Certificates is knowing where to go to obtain your marriage license. You can obtain your marriage license at the county clerk's office in the city or town where you live. You must complete an application and pay the required fee before obtaining your marriage license. Check with your county clerk's office to see if you are able to make an appointment to save yourself some time when applying for a marriage license.



2. The Cost Associated With Obtaining a Marriage License


The price of a marriage license may vary depending on where you live. In the state of Illinois, you can expect to pay a marriage license fee of $60, at the Cook County clerk's office. Be sure to check with your county clerk's office for the price of a marriage license where you live.



3. Waiting Period


Just like with any other important paperwork, there is a process and possibly a waiting period in order to obtain them. That's why we included the waiting period on our list of 4 Things You Need to Know About Marriage Licenses and Certificates. The waiting period varies depending on where you live. In the Chicago area and suburban Cook County, your marriage license is issued while you wait and becomes effective the next day. Also, it is worth noting that the marriage license obtained at the cook county clerk's office is valid for 60 days. Check with your clerk's office for the required waiting period in your area.



4. Documents Needed to Get a Marriage License


When obtaining your marriage license, you would need to provide a valid identification card such as a driver's license or state identification card. Some other acceptable forms of identification may include a birth certificate for proof of age, or a passport. Also, if you are divorced, you will need to provide proof. If you reside in Illinois, you will need the date your divorce became finalized when you apply for your marriage license. Also, in the state of Illinois, if you divorced in the last six months, a copy of your divorce decree must be presented when you submit your application.



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